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Dr. Yazji Provides Answers in West Miami for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OAT)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OAT) for West Miami – Your spouse has been complaining for years about your snoring.  You awake numerous times during the night and never really feel restful. Why? Well, it first helps to understand what exactly might be at play…Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. OSA is the most common type of sleep apnea, is a condition caused by the complete or partial obstruction of the upper airway. This occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. As a result, it causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. Primarily considered to be a “man’s disease,” it poses serious and even life-threatening health risks for men as well as women. The list of health implications of OSA range from high blood pressure, obesity, weight gain, and, unfortunately, even early death. 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.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OAT) for West Miami – If you’ve been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics in West Miami can provide you with viable treatment options.  Depending on the severity of a patient’s OSA, the first line of treatment is either the use of an oral appliance or a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. The CPAP works by opening your airway using forced air. The CPAP treatment can be uncomfortable due to the bulky mask.  The problem though is that if you don’t use it, you’re not going to get the care you need.  As a result, patients have been exploring an alternative treatment – available at West Miami’s OSA specialist, Dr. Maria Yazji.

West Miami’s Sleep Apnea Specialist, Dr. Yazji offers a sustainable alternative – using oral appliance therapy! The individually customized oral appliance is a highly effective tool in treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.  This treatment has continued to increase in popularity as awareness grows amongst the public that oral appliances are an effective first-line treatment for many sleep apnea sufferers. Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics customizes oral appliances that 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 treatment for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA – available at West Miami’s foremost 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.

Learn more about how Dr. Yazji and her highly trained team can help you achieve better sleep and better health with the aid of oral appliance therapy.  Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation at 954.217.3737 or visit our website.

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