What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea and How Do You Treat It?
A man in Miami is visiting his doctor. He has been experiencing some bothersome symptoms: tiredness during the day, lack of restful sleep, irritability, and – he tells the doctor – his wife says he wakes up gasping for breath every night. He doesn’t remember doing this each night, but knows better than to argue with his wife about it She wanted him to see the doctor, so he’s here, he says.
The doctor tells him that it’s a good thing he came in – they’ll do some tests, but it sounds like he may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. The man has never heard of it and asks if it’s serious. His doctor explains that it’s a common condition that can have negative implications on the health of sufferers. Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to:
- High blood pressure
- An increased risk of developing diabetes
- Early Death
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airway is blocked by tissue, which usually occurs when lying down. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you stop breathing briefly, which can cause you to wake up gasping for air. This can happen multiple times each night and prevent you from getting the restorative sleep you need. Many sleep apnea sufferers in Miami don’t recall waking in the night, but they will often show signs and report symptoms of poor sleep.
In the past, obstructive sleep apnea was treated with a CPAP machine. The CPAP machine would keep the patient’s airway open via forced air. But while the machine is effective, many patients found it to be uncomfortable, noisy, and embarrassing – leading to low compliance with their prescribed treatment. Without treatment, obstructive sleep apnea – and a lack of restorative sleep – persists for sufferers.
But now there is another way to treat obstructive sleep apnea in Miami – an Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) device from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics. This convenient device fits into your mouth and keeps your airway open while you sleep. An OAT device from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics is custom made to fit the mouth of each patient using highly accurate digital impressions. South Florida patients of Dr. Yazji can use a customized, comfortable OAT device to treat their obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea can be a hindrance to your sleep quality and your overall health, but it doesn’t have to be when you get proper treatment. An Oral Appliance Therapy device that’s made for you from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics will allow you to discretely and comfortably treat your sleep apnea and allow you (and your spouse) to get a better night’s rest. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, contact us today for an OAT device consultation at our Miami, Brickell or Weston office. Treat your obstructive sleep apnea in Miami with an OAT device from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics.