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More Than a Snore

Are you constantly being told to quiet your snoring? Does your partner sleep in the other room because they can’t deal with the noise? You think it’s harmless, but do you know snoring can be the sign of a more serious problem?

“Obstructive sleep apnea is common. Making jokes about your spouse’s snoring may seem funny, but snoring is not normal or healthy. When your breathing becomes obstructed (snoring) or stops (sleep apnea), even for a short while, it can have severe health risks.” – Dr. Higgins

Sleep Apnea

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Why choose us? When you visit our practice, you’re not just a body in the dental chair; you are part of the family. We take a comprehensive approach to all types of dentistry, including sleep apnea.

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The Real Issue

Loud snoring is often caused by sleep apnea, a condition where the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes when you sleep, obstructing your airway. Since they can’t breath, sleep apnea sufferers are constantly waking up throughout the night, fighting for air. Left untreated, sleep apnea can result in serious health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.

Still not sure if you have sleep apnea?

These are some common symptoms related to the condition:

Dry Mouth or Sore Throat

Constant Exhaustion

Inability to Focus

Moodiness & Irritability

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At about 32 years into operating your own business, many business owners start to think about the next chapter of their life in retirement. But not Dr. Higgins and Dr. Holsinger. Instead, we are moving full steam ahead with our eye toward innovation and a heart full of energy and enthusiasm — the qualities often found when launching a new practice. In line with the practice’s strategic goal to strive for excellence in improving overall health and well being of its patients, we have invested more than 18 months for advanced training to incorporate sleep apnea services into the practice.

“We are concerned about our patient’s long-term good health so when we see a problem, we ask questions. Since many people see their dentists more often than their primary care doctors, dentists are in a unique position to identify possible sleep disorders.” – Dr. Higgins

Return to Sound Sleep

If ignored, sleep apnea can increase your risk of:

Hypertension and stroke
Heart disease and heart attacks
Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety
Exhaustion that can lead to personal safety issues

As dentists, we have the ability to treat sleep apnea and restore your well being. While CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are commonly used to treat this condition, we have a better solution that doesn’t involve this cumbersome machine.

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“The CPAP (a machine that provides continuous positive airway pressure) is 100 percent effective to give a person oxygen while they sleep, but compliance is a problem with the typical CPAP machine. Once a patient is diagnosed with snoring or sleep apnea, many times we can provide him or her with a dental oral appliance that helps them not only breathe better and get a good night’s sleep, but also can improve their overall health. Making our patients healthier has been a major tenet of our practice from day one.” – Dr. Holsinger

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Advantages of Oral Appliances

CPAP machines can be more of a hassle than a help. Why trade in the noise of snoring for the noise of a CPAP? Simple, and discrete oral appliances are just as effective at treating sleep apnea without the drawbacks of a clunky machine.

We fit our sleep apnea patients with an oral appliance that is worn while they sleep. It provides relief from snoring and the associated symptoms of sleep apnea. Additionally, the advantages of an oral appliance include:

  • Travel made easy, no need to drag around a machine.
  • Doesn’t add unwanted noise. Your partner will thank you!
  • Allows you to get a comfortable night’s sleep in your preferred position. You aren’t restricted to lying only on your back.

Get the Facts

Sleep apnea is a common breathing disorder. 1 in 5 people suffer from the condition. Knowing the facts about sleep apnea will help you make a better informed decision regarding treatment.

Are You At Risk?

We see sleep apnea patients of all ages, but most commonly in males over the age of 40. There are several other factors that can increase the likelihood of having sleep apnea, as well. Recognize any of these?

  • Excessive weight
  • A neck circumference that is 17 inches or greater
  • Larger than average sized tongue or tonsils
  • Having a cold, allergies, or sinus infection that causes nasal blockage
  • Family history of sleep apnea

Concerned about the long term health impacts of sleep apnea?

We are happy to discuss treatment options with you. Call our office today for a consultation.

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Nobody Says It Better Than Our Patients

I have had excellent dental care by Dr Higgins and her team for many years....I was referred to her thru another long term patient and I recommend her to everyone..especially if they have had previous difficulties with a dentist....This team is very caring and supportive...When you go for your appointment it's like catching up with friends...
linda dick
17:07 08 Aug 19
This was my second visit to see Dr. Holsinger. I was scheduled for a route canal. This was a painless procedure, as promised to me by staff during my previous visit. My first, best experience ever, with a procedure at a dentist office. The healthcare system should look closely at the office of Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins as the perfect model of patient centered healthcare practice. This entire staff is professional, knowledgeable, kind and genuinely understanding of the patients needs and concerns. They all, are remarkably efficient, with an extraordinary teamwork approach to getting the job done!!!! Thank you all, at Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins the first dentist office to which I can feel safe, and trust the care provided is for my health benefit.
Romona Matthews
16:08 08 Aug 19
It was amazing,from the first phone call to the treatment. Everyone was sincerely, and genuine invested in my care and comfort. I have Never been treated so well in my 58 years of living. I felt like a celebrity, but as I looked around and listen, this is the normal manner to which all patients are treated. I've been telling everyone I know about my experience.
Romona Matthews
18:02 06 Aug 19
Wonderful visit. Dr. Higgins was very patient with me. The Staff is so friendly.
Maggie Zott
17:07 02 Aug 19
Absolutely Amazing! New patient to this practice and I was blown away by their customer service and knowledge. Kristen is so friendly and eased my mind and anxiety right away. Michele is so gentle and informed me of everything she was doing and Dr. Higgins is wonderful too, very informative and knowledgeable. The whole team there is professional and very kind.Full of beautiful smiles!
Erin Young
12:55 24 Jul 19
It was amazing,from the first phone call to the treatment. Everyone was sincerely, and genuine invested in my care and comfort. I have Never been treated so well in my 58 years of living. I felt like a celebrity, but as I looked around and listen, this is the normal manner to which all patients are treated. I've been telling everyone I know about my experience.
Romona Matthews
23:41 29 Jun 19
Dr. Higgins and her staff are wonderful. From the day I stepped through the front door, you could not ask for a better experience. They are the best!!!!
Kelly Bodensick
17:36 21 Jun 19
Was the best and most comfortable experience I've ever had whether doctor or dentist. Thanks very much.
Bob Silver
17:03 19 Jun 19
Wonderful visit. Got a thorough understanding of what preventative services I needed inorder to maintain healthy teeth. The staff was great and Dr. Higgins was so patient in explaining everything to me.
Maggie Zott
17:13 18 Jun 19
Another great visit. Always on time. The staff is always on the ball and the girls very pleasant to be around.
Ed Rifenburg
17:12 13 Jun 19
Another great visit. Always on time. The staff is always on the ball and the girls very pleasant to be around.
Ed Rifenburg
17:12 13 Jun 19
This is an excellent Dental practice!! I highly recommend them. Thanks for the great care.
Wayne Hanby
13:58 29 Apr 19
Always a great experience. They're the best I've found!
mike friel
19:25 23 Apr 19
Everyone that works in that office is nothing but a professional. Extremely helpful and always polite. Moved to Maryland a few years ago and I found the best Dentist I’ve ever been to. Every procedure I’ve ever had done Dr. Holsinger has always called me personally to ask how I’m doing afterwards. Their attitude and the way I’m treated makes me look forward to going to the dentist.
Joe Willoughby
02:55 23 Mar 19
I love everyone here. From the dentists and hygienists to the front desk staff. They are all super friendly and knowledgeable. They run a tight ship as far as appointments go and it is much appreciated. There is very little wait time if any and the technology used is always up to date if not ahead of its time. Very cutting edge.
Jill Yoder
18:15 21 Mar 19
Dr. Higgins and the entire staff were very professional and caring during my appointment yesterday. It was an extremely good experience for me. I would strongly recommend them.
Cindy Rifenburg
17:04 22 Feb 19
Wow!!:) What can I say!!!:) Simply ALL SMILES again!!:):):) I thank God for Smiles By Holsinger and Higgins!!:) I am Very surprised that I do not get anxiety when I come here!!!:) VERY unusual for ME!!!:) I am Extremely impressed too how Megan multitasked early in the morning of all times while on the phone with me!!!:) She was Very calm, helpful, courteous, patient, kind, and informative!!!! Thank YOU Megan and ALL YOU WONDERFUL people ( family)!!!!:) And a GINORMOUS THANK YOU for serving our country!!!!! God bless you and extended family in Jesus name Amen!!!! Looking forward to seeing you soon!!!:):):)
Theresa Caraballo
00:24 13 Feb 19
This is truly a professional, family practice. Every time I go they explain everything clearly and go out of their way to make sure I am comfortable. I have been a patient for 15 years and will continue til the doors close!
brenda dyer
02:20 01 Feb 19
Dr. Higgins and the entire staff were very professional and caring during my appointment yesterday. It was an extremely good experience for me. I would strongly recommend them.
Cindy Rifenburg
18:16 24 Jan 19
I have had wonderful service from all employees for many years. Everyone is very nice & professional. I highly recommend this dental office.
Monica Smith
17:32 17 Jan 19
I love this place!!! I wish I could give it a 10 star rating, but that's alright because I know in my heart. The whole staff is very unique and are very family oriented , which I simply love!!! I can talk and laugh with them like I have known them forever!!! 🙂 I call this place "Dentist Wonderland"!!! When I fist pulled into the driveway I thought I was at the wrong place because it looked like a cozy, warm cottage tucked away in the quiet country setting. I said to myself, "Oh wow I cannot believe this place!! This is Smiles by Holsinger and Higgins?!" I was very impressed how each and every one is so cordial, serviceable, knowledgeable, and understanding even when extremely busy!!! They are comprehensive. I felt like I was in Johns Hopkins hospital because of all their updated and wide variety of equipment!!! It was such an amazing experience!!! They even have bird feeders outside each window which is so calming and peaceful!!! Even though I was already fully relaxed and experienced absolutely no fear at all!!! The equipment wanted me to stay longer just to see how it all worked!!! I was/am very intrigued!!! I completed my second appointment today and I am already looking forward to my next visit soon!!!!! It's just that kind of place!!! Oh, another thing that I am absolutely thrilled about is that everything that I need/want done can ALL be done right here!!!!! No long trips across the bridge or Salisbury!!! THANK YOU DR'S HOLSINGER AND HIGGINS!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!! AWE!!! One more VERY SPECIAL service of love that drew my attention as I was leaving, that I saw Dr. Higgins pulling out a wheel chair for a dear elderly lady!!! Who does that anymore!!!!????? God bless you in a VERY SPECIAL WAY DR. HIGGINS!!!! As I keep getting ready to sign off, I keep having another special and fond memory. As it seemed the party was over {LOL} when I got into my car, I was in no hurry to leave {very unusual for me when leaving a Dentist office} I just sat in my car mesmerized by the unusual and unique experience that I had, and admiring the peaceful surroundings and setting. As I sat down in the waiting room, I picked up a book about and on Dr. Holsinger and Dr. Higgins. I praised Dr. Higgins about just the little bit that I had time to read. That I am VERY impressed with ALL their accomplishments and for what they do for humanity!!! I said it takes a lot to impress me, and you REALLY have impressed me!!! Dr. Higgins humbly replied, "That's how we were raised." May God abundantly bless you both for all that you do, in Jesus name, amen!!! I thank God for you!!!! Sincerely, TC
Theresa Caraballo
23:19 15 Jan 19
I have had wonderful service from all employees for many years. Everyone is very nice & professional. I highly recommend this dental office.
Monica Smith
22:55 13 Jan 19
Everyone that works in that office is nothing but a professional. Extremely helpful and always polite. Moved to Maryland a few years ago and I found the best Dentist I’ve ever been to. Every procedure I’ve ever had done Dr. Holsinger has always called me personally to ask how I’m doing afterwards. Their attitude and the way I’m treated makes me look forward to going to the dentist.
Joe Willoughby
21:50 16 Dec 18
Extremely professional. Truly exceede my expectations every time. Thoughtful and considerate combined with up to date knowledge about everything going on with my oral health. Love love Dr. Hollinger and Tara and Megan And well the whole team. They make going to the dentist ROCK!
Tracy Brinckerhoff
17:04 11 Dec 18
I have never been a fan of the dental community. Only going if ABSOLUTELY necessary. It had been at least 6 years since I had even seen a dentist. My teeth have been failing for a few years and now that I have a good dental plan I started seeking out a local dentist. I deceided to give Holsinger & Higgins a try. When I met the staff I instantly felt at ease and and welcome. I cannot say enough good things about them.
Victoria Carney
15:04 08 Dec 18
I am impressed each time I have treatments. Courtesy all around & excellent medical care. The front desk is always welcoming & attentive.Easy 5 star rating!
Bernice Geiser
18:43 08 Nov 18
Have been a patient for over 20 yrs. Always a positive experience. Caring, professional service and personnel. Knowledgeable in all new dentistry innovations and techniques. Recommend them highly. Will never go anywhere else.
Brenda Jarvis
17:08 02 Nov 18
Excellent service. Always on time with appointments. Staff is pleasant and very helpful. Dr. Holsinger is up to date with all his patients. I have been a patient for almost 20 years.
Charlotte Timms
00:28 31 Oct 18

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10646 RIVER RD
DENTON, MD 21629

Monday.............................. 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday.............................. 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday.............................. 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday.............................. 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday.............................. By Appointment Only
Saturday.............................. Closed
Sunday.............................. Closed