Solving the Challenges of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Sunrise
If a person’s airway is blocked during their sleep, periodic pauses in breathing can occur. This is commonly known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). According to Mayo Clinic, obstructive sleep apnea occurs when muscles in the throat relax, narrowing or closing the airway resulting in disruptive snoring followed by silence. While more commonly found in men, symptoms normally associated with sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- High blood pressure
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Detected incidents when breathing stops during sleep
- Sudden awakenings coupled with gasping
- Greater risk of diabetes
Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, serving patients in Sunrise and surrounding West Broward communities, provides approved treatments according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine that is highly effective. Depending on the severity of a patient’s OSA, the standard first line of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is the use of an oral appliance. These oral appliance are generally referred to as a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. The CPAP works by opening your airway using forced air. With many patients have difficulty with CPAP treatment, whether it be because they find the mask bulky or highly uncomfortable, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics offers an alternative using oral appliance therapy!
The number one problem with CPAP treatments is the high level of non-compliance – since it’s uncomfortable, folks don’t use it on a regular basis. Sunrise’s Sleep Apnea Specialist, Dr. Yazji offers a sustainable alternative - using oral appliance therapy! This treatment has grown in popularity as OSA patients learn that oral appliances are an effective first line treatment for many sleep apnea sufferers. Adults seeking treatment options for OSA may be inclined to try over-the-counter devices such as ZYPPAH which are fabricated to fit your mouth in the “boil and bite” variety. Unfortunately, these products sometimes distort or not fit all mouth shapes properly.
Patients from Sunrise love Dr. Yazji! Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics fully customizes oral appliances that will hold the lower jaw forward just enough to keep the airway open and prevent the tongue and muscles in the upper airway from collapsing and blocking the airway. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved oral appliance therapy (OAT) as a first line of treatment for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA – available at Sunrise’s leading orthodontist, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics. The AASM also recommends oral appliances for patients with severe OSA, who are unable to tolerate or cannot wear CPAP devices.
To learn more about Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics and how they can help you achieve uninterrupted sleep and better health with the aid of oral appliance therapy, please call us today for a no-obligation consultation at 954.217.3737 or visit our website.