Do you have trouble sleeping? If so, you’re not alone. An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from a lack of sleep—and even exhaustion—caused by sleep apnea. Chronic snoring problems and interrupted sleep aren’t just an inconvenience. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to more serious health risks. Sleep apnea is a common but serious sleep disorder that causes interruptions in breathing during sleep. These pauses in breathing are called apneas and they can happen hundreds of times each night. Sleep apnea can have a negative impact on your health and prevent you from getting the restful night’s sleep your body needs.
Continuously interrupted sleep can result in serious health-related problems.
Potential health issues that may result from untreated sleep apnea include:
Use this brief questionnaire and checklist to determine if you might be at risk for sleep apnea.
Our doctors feel so strongly that knowledge and action can improve and save lives that they are offering a no-cost individual 30 minute consultation on sleep breathing disorders. Whether it’s loud snoring or other sleep apnea symptoms, make sure you are not at risk for this very treatable, potentially life threatening condition. Learn more about sleep apnea and get all of your questions answered. We have a limited number of consultation times available, so schedule yours as soon as possible.
If during your consultation it is suspected that you may suffer from sleep apnea, we will assist you in ordering a convenient and accurate home sleep test designed to assist in the diagnosis of sleep-disordered breathing. In the comfort of your own bed, you’ll wear the testing device while sleeping. A Board Certified Sleep Physician will interpret the data and we will contact you to discuss your results.
There are various methods of treating sleep apnea. One of the following options may be the right solution for you.
These devices are custom fitted by dentists with special expertise and training in treating sleep apnea. They fit in the mouth, similar to a retainer or mouth guard. They open your airway by moving your lower jaw and tongue forward while you sleep. They are small, comfortable and effective.
With Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), patients wear a specialized mask over the nose and face during sleep. The CPAP device delivers a steady supply of air, keeping the airway open. CPAP treatment can be very effective, however the patient must be willing to use it correctly and consistently.
There are several surgical options. Nasal surgery can correct a deviated septum or remove bones in your nose to improve air flow. Surgery may also be performed to remove and/or reduce the size of the soft palate, uvula and back of the tongue. These surgeries are not typically recommended as first line treatments for obstructive sleep apnea.
A full night’s sleep for both you and your partner. Wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Experience increased concentration, memory, focus and energy.
Avoid the health risks caused by untreated sleep apnea and live a longer, healthier, more enjoyable life.
According to Dr. Damian D. Blum, “The dentist of today, if well trained and forward thinking, can foretell the future physical and mental disorders of patients. This can be done through understanding of patients’ current oral and systemic conditions, and with appropriate therapeutic intervention, we can change the future into a healthier one.”
Born in Argentina to a poor family, Dr. Blum’s parents emigrated to the United States when he was only 10 years old in order to escape discrimination and persecution and to give their children a chance at a better life. Although his parents only had a six-grade education, their wisdom, love, and compassion helped to propel him to become the first person in his family to achieve a post-graduate education.
From his parents he got his passion and calling to help and serve others. Having studied under many of the top clinicians in the world for the past 35 years. Dr. Blum began his journey toward becoming a dentist as a volunteer at the Sinai Hospital Dental Clinic and eventually graduated from UMBC with a BA in Biology / Psychology. He went on to Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine, graduating with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in 1983. In that same year, he opened the doors of his first private practice in Baltimore, and later opened the doors of a new practice in 1987 in Ellicott City MD. Passionate about education and sharing knowledge, Dr. Blum believes that if someone has the opportunity to learn something, they should pay it forward. Dr. Blum attends training and conferences year-round, sometimes as a student, and other times as the instructor. He is also a past Clinical Instructor at the University of Maryland Dental School.
In recent years, Dr. Blum has been lecturing and training other dentists around the country in improving patients’ airway, sleep-disordered breathing, and in alternative therapy for those who cannot wear a CPAP machine. He also has spoken and trained other dentists in the therapeutic and cosmetic uses of Botox® to help with migraines, TMD and Orofacial pain management in addition to using other modalities for the same purpose of pain management.
Dr. Blum has become one of the most sought-after clinicians and dental speakers in this country! Today, his professional time is spent on helping patients, teaching and training other clinicians and their teams, to do what he does.
Dr. Blum’s practice is focused on helping patients who suffer from Sleep Related Breathing Disorders such as Sleep Apnea and Snoring as well as those who suffer from TMD and Orofacial pain. His reputation for performing the highest-quality dentistry is only rivaled by his kindness and penchant to turn a smile. When he was involved in Dentistry, he brought compassion and excellence to the art of dentistry, excelling in cosmetic dentistry and smile design. When asked what he likes most about his work, he says he loves it when he absolutely knows that he has made a true difference in someone’s life — “one of the most amazing feelings in the world.”. From using and customizing life-saving treatment plans for patients with obstructive sleep apnea and those who are CPAP intolerant, to helping patients who have suffered from Craniofacial and Orofacial pain for many years, so that they become healthier and happier again — these are the reasons Dr. Blum loves doing what he does every day!
For more than 35 years, Dr. Blum‘s patients have benefited from his dedication to improving their oral and systemic health. He maintained a “mercury-free” dental practice for many years after finding, through existing research, that mercury was a neurotoxin and not safe to place in patients’ mouths.
He also discovered and understood, through the research and literature, the ever-present relationship between dental problems, periodontal problems, Orofacial pain, TMD, headaches, systemic inflammatory diseases, and problems with the patient’s airway and breathing. Once he started researching and digging deeper into the connection between systemic health, airway blockages, and sleep-disordered breathing, there was no turning back.
Dr. Blum’s sole purpose has become helping his patients and teaching other dentists and allied health professionals about airway problems and sleep-related breathing disorders, so they can help their patients as well.
“Building health is not about competition – it’s about community.”
Through his clinical practice, lectures, and workshops, Dr. Blum has made it his quest to spread the word about the treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders.
Dr. Blum always makes the space and time to volunteer and give to people and organizations in need. “One of the best parts of being in a community is the act of building it.” Dr. Blum participated in the Give Back a Smile Program by donating restorative and cosmetic dentistry services to survivors of domestic violence. In addition, Dr. Blum had donated his dental services for many years through the Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, taking on patients who were experiencing difficulties and had have slipped through the cracks of Health Care programs, or had disabilities that rendered them unable to care for themselves.
When not treating patients, Dr. Blum and his wife, Betsy, travel around the country teaching other dentists how to help their patients deal with the effects of sleep-related breathing disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea. He also enjoys reaching out to the community, geeking out to good music, and getting involved in just causes. At home, he can usually be found performing cooking experiments, gardening, and working on the farm side by side with his wife Betsy. Both he and Betsy were married before, and they both lost their spouses to cancer. Their union is about love, understanding and second chances in life. Their four children (from oldest to youngest), Bill, Beth, Ashley and Rye, along with their four grandchildren are their pride and joy.
“I have been a patient of Dr. Blum since 2013. He has been EXCEPTIONAL in his diagnosis and treatment of my Sleep Apnea condition. Dr. Blum is very patient and considerate of the needs of his patients and takes whatever time is necessary to make sure they fully understand the plan that will be best for them. If you want the very best treatment, then of course you will make an appointment today to get your sleep apnea problems resolved quickly and properly.” -Alvin D.
“Dr. Blum and his team are professional and very knowledgeable. It’s a nice touch to have the doctor greeting you when you arrive for your appointment. Great first impression!” -Amanda M.
I went today because I have sleep apnea, and I had heard how wonderful Dr. Blum was in working with mouth apparatuses. I will be set up with a new sleep test because my original test was outdated. Soon I will be sleeping with relief! Thank you Dr. Blum!!
I have been a patient of Dr. Blum since 2013. He has been EXCEPTIONAL in his diagnosis and treatment of my Sleep Apnea condition. Dr. Blum is very patient and considerate of the needs of his patients and takes whatever time is necessary to make sure they fully understand the plan that will be best for them. If you want the very best treatment, then of course you will make an appointment today to get your sleep apnea problems resolved quickly and properly.
Dr. Blum and his team are professional and very knowledgeable. It’s a nice touch to have the doctor greeting you when you arrive for your appointment. Great first impression!