OAT Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from loud snoring, you may not be getting the sleep you need to stay healthy. A number of things can cause snoring including a cold, allergies, excessive weight, pregnancy, smoking, and genetics.
You can also improve these symptoms by avoiding alcohol, losing weight, and regular exercise.
Snoring can also be an indication of a more serious health issue called obstructive sleep apnea.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a condition caused by excessive tissue or loose anatomy at the back of your throat. It may primarily be considered a “man’s disease,” but it poses serious and even life-threatening health risks for women who suffer, as well.
Certain lifestyle habits, such as drinking and prescription medications can make OSA worse.
The health implications of OSA include:
• High blood pressure
• Greater risk of diabetes
• Weight gain
• Early death
Other issues that can negatively impact your day-to-day life include:
• Feeling drowsy
• Mood disorders
• Poor sleep for your partner
• Interruptions in intimacy
Sleep apnea causes breathing to stop, which wakes your brain from restorative sleep cycles. Though you may not remember waking from sleep, it can happen dozens of times per night, depriving your body of both restorative sleep and the oxygen needed for your organs and brain to function properly.
Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea
In order to receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, you may need to take a sleep assessment test either at home or in a sleep clinic. Sleep assessments determine your quality of sleep and the number of times you wake during the night.
Snoring can indicate sleep apnea, but not all people who snore have sleep apnea. Fortunately, we have a solution for both problems!
Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Depending on severity, the first line of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is the use of an oral appliance or a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. The CPAP works by opening your airway using forced air. Many patients have difficulty with CPAP treatment because they find the mask bulky or uncomfortable and it can lead to low compliance, meaning you aren’t getting the care you need. We offer an alternative using oral appliance therapy!
Oral Appliance Therapy for Treatment of OSA
Our oral appliances are superior to over-the-counter devices, such as ZYPPAH, because they are fabricated to fit your mouth perfectly and provide greater comfort. ZYPPAH devices are the boil-and-bite variety, which sometimes distort or do not fit all mouth shapes well.
We take impressions of your teeth and make sure you end up with an oral appliance that truly provides relief andfeels comfortable! Oral appliance therapy, when used under the supervision of an experienced dentist, is highly effective in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea and is an approved treatment according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Many patients prefer the convenience of this option, especially when traveling or if they have difficulty wearing the mask.
Would You Like a Better Night’s Sleep?
Contact our Miami, Brickell, or Weston dental offices to learn more about how Dr. Yazji and oral appliance therapy can help you achieve better sleep and better health.