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Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Harming Your Health?

How well do you sleep every night? If you’re getting enough restful sleep in Brickell, it will reflect in your physical health and mental clarity. If you’re not getting enough sleep, or the hours you do get aren’t deep REM sleep, you might not feel so great. There are a lot of things that can keep you from getting enough hours of sleep per night, but there is something specific that can interfere with your sleep quality: obstructive sleep apnea.

Apnea is a medical term that describes your rate of breathing, and means ‘without breath’ or ‘no breathing.’ And that’s what happens with Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – you stop breathing when you are sleeping because of a blockage, or obstruction, caused by tissue in your throat area. Lying down causes this blockage in your throat, which is why it happens during sleep and not while you are up and walking around. When you have obstructive sleep apnea, you usually stop breathing many times per night, which causes you to wake up gasping for breath many times per night. This disrupts your body’s normal sleep cycle. Though you may have no recollection of waking again and again during the night in Brickell, a loved one may have noticed this pattern, or your snoring may be a sign of this disorder.

If you suspect you have obstructive sleep apnea and live in South Florida, your doctor can run tests to determine if you do indeed have this common condition. If you do have sleep apnea, you can discuss treatment options with your doctor. Proper treatment of OSA can help you avoid:

  • High blood pressure
  • An increased chance of developing diabetes
  • Weight Gain/Obesity
  • Depression and other mood changes
  • And other unpleasant and dangerous effects of sleep apnea.

The first line of OSA treatment is often a CPAP machine. This machine keeps your airway open while you sleep. But many patients in the Miami area don’t keep up with this treatment – they find the machine and mask to be too uncomfortable, too noisy, hard to keep clean, and they don’t like the way it looks. But a CPAP machine isn’t your only choice for better sleep in Brickell when you have obstructive sleep apnea.  If you live in the Miami area, you can get a good night’s rest with OAT treatment at the Brickell office of  Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics.

Oral appliance therapy (OAT) treatment is a convenient, quiet, and effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea. With this treatment, you wear an appliance in your mouth when you sleep, to keep your airway open. You can be fitted for a customized OAT device at one of the three South Florida offices of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics.

If you’re in the Miami area and want to find a solution for your sleep apnea, consult with an experienced orthodontist at Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics about getting an OAT device. Our team is here to help you with all of your orthodontic needs. Set up an appointment and treat your obstructive sleep apnea in Brickell with an oral appliance therapy device from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics.

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