Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) for Sleep Apnea in Lauderhill
If you are trying to get the recommend 6-8 hours of sleep each night and yet don not feel refreshed in the morning upon awakening, you may be experiencing Obstructive Sleep Apnea or snoring. Residents in Lauderhill are discovering relief from Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), a removable oral appliance worn during sleep, much like a mouthguard or dental retainer for their restful night’s sleep. OAT appliances are approved by the FDA for the treatment of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The appliances are typically worn during sleep and function by holding the jaw in a forward position or holding the tongue to prevent blocking the airway.
SIGNS OF SLEEP APNEA
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition in which the throat muscles relax during sleep and causes you to stop breathing sporadically while you are sleeping.
Some symptoms of sleep apnea may include:
- Daytime Drowsiness
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Difficult to concentrate during the day
- High blood pressure
DIAGNOSING OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
The first step in diagnosing sleep apnea is to have a sleep test done. These sleep tests are ordered by your physician and may take place in a sleep clinic or at home in with a portable sleep apnea device. Your physician will review the results and recommend the best option for your personal situation.
TYPES OF THERAPIES
After your sleep apnea diagnosis, your physician may recommend a continuous positive airway pressure device or CPAP. With this device, air pressure is forced continuously into the airway and enables the upper airway passages to remain open. The device is worn as a mask during sleep, which some patients find it to be uncomfortable and loud.
If your physician determines that you are a candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), a device is custom made for you by Dr. Maria Yazji, which will provide relief and a comfortable solution for your unrestful nights. Although there are many over-the-counter appliances available, they are not custom fitted to your mouth and many people find them quite uncomfortable to use. OAT Therapy with Dr. Yazji starts with a mold of your mouth which is used to create your personally customized OAT appliance that is fabricated to fit your mouth just right.
A TRULY RESTFUL NIGHT’S SLEEP
Dr. Maria Yazji will work with you to determine the correct fit and comfort for your personalized OAT appliance, including a follow-up appointment to be sure you are adjusting to your custom OAT appliance. A restful and refreshing night’s sleep will improve your quality of life. Call today for your appointment with Dr Maria Yazji at any of our convenient locations in Weston, Miami or Brickell at (954) 217-3737 or visit our website for more information.