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There are Other Options for Sleep Apnea Treatment in State College

December 12, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmarks @ 9:26 pm

man sleeping wearing cpap maskFor some time now, you’ve had problems with breathing while you sleep. This is a serious problem that you don’t take lightly, but you’ve been disappointed in thinking that there’s only one option for you, the constant positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.  You know that you can’t just dismiss your problem, but you’re desperately seeking an alternative for sleep apnea treatment in State College. Learn about some simple options available to you.

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Dental Device Spotlight – SUAD Oral Appliances

November 29, 2017

Man covering ears next to snoring womanOne of the most comfortable, effective treatments available for patients with sleep apnea is oral appliance therapy from a trusted practitioner of dental sleep medicine. Two of the most popular oral appliance options for many patients are the SomnoDent SUAD and SUAD ultra appliances. If you’re in need of oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea, keep reading to learn more about SUAD appliances to determine whether or not they’re right for you.
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Dental Device Spotlight – The Narval Sleep Apnea Appliance

October 21, 2017

snoring woman in sleeping in bedPatients suffering from sleep apnea often think that CPAP systems are the only treatment option available to them. However, a visit to the sleep dentist may offer you a valid alternative – oral appliance therapy. Not all oral appliances are the same, and a skilled sleep dentist will help you find the right one for you. Narval oral appliances are some of the most popular oral appliances available. Keep reading to find out more, and reach out to a trusted sleep dentist to learn more about the available oral appliances.
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Dental Device Spotlight – Oasys Herbst Sleep Apnea Appliance

September 13, 2017

Snoring man with animation of airwayWhen it comes to getting a good night’s sleep – for sleep apnea sufferers – the struggle is real. Even if you receive an accurate diagnosis, you may end up with the less-than-ideal CPAP system for treatment. Unfortunately, the majority of sleep apnea sufferers are deemed CPAP intolerant. However, you may be able to find an effective treatment in an unlikely place – the dentist’s office. That’s right dentists offer a wide range of sleep apnea appliances to help patients breathe deeply and sleep soundly. One of the most effective apnea appliances on the market is the Oasys Herbst device.
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Dental Device Spotlight – SomnoDent Sleep Apnea Appliances

August 30, 2017

Woman sleeping soundly thanks to somnodentAt State College Dental Sleep Medicine, we are dedicated to using innovative techniques and technologies to ensure our patients receive the best possible treatment for sleep apnea. One of the many state-of-the-art dental devices we use is the SomnoDent sleep apnea appliance. If you’re unable to adjust to your CPAP system or don’t achieve adequate improvement in sleep with CPAP alone, a SomnoDent oral appliance may be just what you need. If you’d like to find out more about oral appliance therapy, contact our State College dentist and team to schedule a sleep apnea consultation today. We’ll review your case and help you decide whether or not oral appliance therapy using SomnoDent is the best way to improve your sleep.
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Sleep Appliance Spotlight: SomnoDent

August 9, 2017

Custom somnoDent appliance and bite modelPatients who suffer from sleep apnea, the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep, may think that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is their only treatment option. Unfortunately, a large percentage of patients find themselves unable to adjust to CPAP therapy. For these sleep apnea sufferers, a good night’s sleep may seem completely out of reach. Luckily, a comfortable, custom oral appliance created by a skilled sleep dentist may be a viable alternative.
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Dr. Marks Treats Sleep Apnea in State College with an Oral Appliance

June 12, 2017

Oral appliance therapy is a comfortable way to treat sleep apnea in State College. Everything is relative. Time, space and the comfort of an oral appliance that you have to wear at night in order to sleep peacefully. Seriously. When compared to a bulky CPAP—continuous positive air pressure—machine, the custom-fitted oral appliance that Dr. Marks prescribes is a pleasure to wear. Read on to learn more about how sleep apnea in State College can often be remedied with oral appliance therapy.

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Travel Comfortably—Even with Sleep Apnea in State College!

May 25, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmarks @ 6:00 am

We treat sleep apnea in State College with a custom oral appliance.With summer right around the corner, more and more people will start vacationing. For patients with sleep apnea in State College, the idea of traveling can seem overwhelming because of their CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machines: Do I lug it with me? Should I just settle for interrupted, uncomfortable sleep? Luckily, Dr. Donald M. Marks has good news for you! State College Dental Sleep Medicine offers you’re a much more convenient—and still effective—alternative to treating your sleeping disorder.

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Treat Sleep Apnea in State College

April 22, 2017

Filed under: Sleep Apnea Therapy,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — drmarks @ 9:55 pm

If you have trouble sleeping at night, then you’ve probably tried all of the suggestions from the experts: have dinner at least three hours before going to bed; turn off the computer, your smart phone and the television at least one hour before bedtime; and try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day including weekends. If none of these have worked, however, then the problem may not be your sleep habits but a medical condition known as sleep apnea. Researchers estimate that some 20 million American adults have sleep apnea. Of those, an estimated 80 percent have not been diagnosed and are therefore not getting treatment. For sleep apnea in State College, Dr. Donald Marks diagnoses the condition and will recommend the best course of treatment so you and the person on the other side of the bed can get the rest you both need. What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a medical condition that pauses or even stops breathing while you are asleep. Each apnea episode can last for just a few seconds or up to a minute. And while many sufferers are unaware, episodes can actually happen hundreds of times a night. Therefore, the cumulative loss of sleep can be quite significant night after night. The most common form of this condition is called obstructive sleep apnea. In this case, the problem starts when tissue in your throat relaxes around your airway. When this occurs, your breathing passage can become blocked, so you’re unable to breathe normally. Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea A common symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring, which is the sound that results when air vibrates the tissue that surrounds your throat. With sleep apnea, snoring may stop and then breathing resumes with gasping and coughing. Other symptoms include: • Headaches in the morning • Trouble concentrating during the day • Memory loss • Depression and irritability • A sore throat in the morning • Extreme daytime drowsiness Diagnosing Sleep Apnea In addition to consultation with patients, Dr. Marks also recommends patients take the STOP-BANG quiz online. STOP-BANG stands for Snoring, Tiredness, Observation, Pressure, Body mass, Age, Neck size, and Gender—all of which are indicators of potential sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea Treatment in State College Dr. Marks offers sleep apnea treatment in State College with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy, or CPAP, which forces air into the lungs in order to keep the airway open; oral appliance therapy that shifts the lower jaw forward to facilitate easy breathing; or combined therapy with a CPAP machine and attached oral appliance. Contact Our Office Today If you suspect that you our your bed buddy might have sleep apnea, then call our office or take our online quiz. Then, Dr. Marks will be able to determine which course of treatment is best for you.If you have trouble sleeping at night, then you’ve probably tried all of the suggestions from the experts: have dinner at least three hours before going to bed; turn off the computer, your smart phone and the television at least one hour before bedtime; and try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day including weekends. If none of these have worked, however, then the problem may not be your sleep habits but a medical condition known as sleep apnea. Researchers estimate that some 20 million American adults have sleep apnea. Of those, an estimated 80 percent have not been diagnosed and are therefore not getting treatment. For sleep apnea in State College, Dr. Donald Marks diagnoses the condition and will recommend the best course of treatment so you and the person on the other side of the bed can get the rest you both need.

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Rest Easy with Sleep Apnea Treatment in State College

March 11, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmarks @ 9:20 pm

Sleep apnea in State College causes systemic health problemsYour loud snoring keeps your family wakes almost every night. It can ruin your health, your mood, and your interpersonal relationships. According to Dr. Donald M. Marks sleep apnea in State College requires treatment so you rest well and remain healthy. He offers oral appliance therapy to alleviate sleep apnea and give you and yours the rest you deserve.

 

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