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Sleep Apnea

Do you yawn all day and have trouble concentrating? A sleep disorder called sleep apnea may be waking you up at night.

Sleep deprivation can lead to serious health issues such as high blood pressure and heart failure. Dr. Mohamed Saccoh can offer a solution.

How can Dr. Saccoh of Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dental Care in Joppa, MD, improve your sleep and health by treating sleep apnea symptoms?

Sleep Apnea Explained

Unlike simple snoring, sleep apnea is defined by a lapse in breathing that can last 10 to 20 seconds or more. A patient who suffers from this condition may experience these episodes dozens of times each night.

Patients may wake up coughing and gasping for air as the body tries to reinitiate breathing. Sometimes, this interruption is so fast you might not even remember waking up.

I Do Feel Tired All Day Does Sleep Apnea Affect Other People, Too?

Absolutely. Sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea affect more people than you would think. 

22 million Americans suffer from sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea.

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Alarmingly, 80 percent of these Americans suffer from the debilitating symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea without being diagnosed.

Request a consultation with Dr. Saccoh at his state-of-the-art Joppa, MD, practice if you find yourself having trouble concentrating or staying awake during the day. He will use the latest advances in dentistry to determine if sleep apnea treatment can help you get a better night's rest.

There Are Three Types of Sleep Apnea

While Dr. Saccoh only treats the most common type of sleep apnea known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), our Joppa, Maryland, patients may suffer from other forms of this debilitating disorder.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This type of sleep apnea literally obstructs your breathing when the soft tissues in the back of the throat relax and block the upper airway. Your bed partner's sleep may be disrupted, as well, due to your obstructive sleep apnea.

Central Sleep Apnea

With central sleep apnea, your airway is not blocked. However, central sleep apnea stops your brain from sending signals to the muscles that control your breathing.

Complex Sleep Apnea

This serious disorder is a combination of OSA and central sleep apnea. If the possibility exists that you have central or complex sleep apnea, you will be referred to a trusted sleep specialist for treatment.

Exhausted All Day?  Contact Dr. Saccoh for a Sleep Apnea Consultation

A restful, deep sleep is not only healthy for you, but can also improve the health of your bed partner. Sleep apnea can make getting a good night's sleep impossible.

Dr. Mohamed Saccoh has the experience and training to develop a nonsurgical, customized treatment plan involving an oral appliance that will allow air to flow freely through your upper airway, decreasing loud snoring and your need to gasp for air while sleeping.  

Want to feel more refreshed during the day and avoid the serious risk factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea? Contact our Joppa, MD, practice using our simple online form or by giving us a call. We also offer CareCredit® financing, should out-of-pocket costs be a concern.

So don't sleep on it. Start the journey to a better night's rest today.

Dr. Mohamed Saccoh
Dr. Mohamed Saccoh looks forward to helping you sleep better.

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Our Simple Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

Dr. Saccoh offers obstructive sleep apnea treatment with an easy-to-wear oral appliance. This custom-made device, also called a night guard, fits comfortably between the teeth and holds the lower jaw slightly forward. This jaw position prevents the soft palate from obstructing the upper airway during sleep, so the patient can breathe more freely and comfortably throughout the night. Oral appliances can help patients with mild to medium obstructive sleep apnea symptoms. 

Oral Appliance vs. CPAP Machine

Oral appliance
Oral Appliance
CPAP Machine
CPAP Machine

The standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This mechanical device consists of an electric fan unit that forces air through a tube and into a patient’s upper airway through a face mask. The continuous positive airway pressure keeps the soft tissues from blocking the airway and interrupting normal breathing patterns.

Dr. Saccoh's Joppa, MD, patients prefer a customized oral appliance for reasons like these:

  • The CPAP mask, hose, and fan unit are hard to travel with. Your oral appliance fits in a small plastic case.
  • The CPAP fan is loud and can keep you and your bed partner awake. Oral appliances make no noise.
  • With a CPAP machine, you have to sleep on your back. You can sleep any way you want with an oral appliance.
  • Some CPAP masks don't fit properly, decreasing effectiveness. Your oral appliance will fit snugly on your teeth.

Daytime Sleepiness: A Dangerous Obstructive Sleep Disorder Symptom


Interrupted sleep at night can have life-threatening consequences by day, especially if daytime sleepiness hits while driving. Falling asleep at the wheel could endanger the lives of you, your family, and other people sharing the Maryland roads.

More Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Headaches
  • Loud Snoring
  • Weight Gain
  • Depression
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Forgetfulness
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack/Arrhythmia
  • Heart Failure
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Diabetes/Diabetes Complications
  • Falling Asleep at Times of Low Activity
"Sleep deprivation can lead to serious health issues such as high blood pressure and heart failure. Dr. Mohamed Saccoh can offer a solution."

Receiving Your Oral Appliance

Dr. Saccoh has the experience and training to develop a nonsurgical, customized treatment plan involving an oral appliance that will allow air to flow freely through your upper airway.  
Dr. Saccoh has the experience and training to develop a nonsurgical, customized treatment plan involving an oral appliance that will allow air to flow freely through your upper airway.  

Review Results

After you've completed your sleep study and been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you can return to our Joppa office, where Dr. Saccoh will review your results.

Make Recommendations

Dr. Saccoh will decide which treatment method is right for you. If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, he will likely recommend an oral appliance.


If you decide you want an oral appliance, we will take impressions of your mouth and send the impressions to a lab where your device will be created.

Wear Your Appliance

Once your oral appliance is complete, you can wear it to sleep every night and experience relief from your symptoms.

Who Can Develop Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Patients who are overweight or have a large neck are more prone to developing OSA. Men are also more likely than women to have OSA, and the risk increases with age. Other risk factors include a genetic predisposition, large tonsils, a narrow airway, or a nasal obstruction from allergies, sinus problems, or a deviated septum. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to many serious side effects, such as morning headaches, daytime fatigue, heart attack, and death.

Making the Most of Your Treatment by Prioritizing Your Health

Though an oral appliance can help alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms, there are some simple lifestyle changes you can also make to get the most out of your treatment. Dr. Saccoh recommends that his Joppa patients:

Lose Weight

Being overweight can contribute to sleep apnea because fat tissue can block your upper airways. For more well-rounded treatment, try to lose excess weight by adopting a regular exercise routine and eating a healthy diet.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise won't just help you lose weight; it can also help people who have sleep apnea by boosting oxygen levels, improving sleep quality, and reducing symptoms. We recommend exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week.

Curb Certain Habits

Quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake can improve your sleep quality and overall health.

Change Sleeping Position

People who sleep on their backs may experience sleep apnea symptoms like excessive snoring and interrupted breathing more than those who sleep on their sides. Side sleepers can often keep their airways open better.

Benefit From a Comprehensive Approach to Your Care Contact Our Joppa Office Today

If you've been making lifestyle changes, but you're still experiencing the effects of sleep apnea, it may be time to pair your new life habits with an oral appliance. This comprehensive approach may yield better results than just using one solution or the other. Dr. Saccoh can provide you with an oral appliance and advice to get the most out of your treatment.

If you have sleep apnea, see what we can do to alleviate your symptoms and help you achieve peaceful rest. Reach out to us by filling out our contact form or calling:

(410) 679-4500

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Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dental Care

The team at Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dental Care provides comprehensive treatments using state-of-the-art technology so that you and your family can enjoy beautiful and healthy smiles. Our dentists are members of professional associations including:

  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Association for Orthodontics
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
  • Maryland State Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Joppa, MD dentist office contact us online or call (410) 679-4500.

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