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Is snoring ruining your love life?

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) – Do you struggle with sleeplessness and snoring then you might want to call your orthodontist? There are many people who refuse to stay the night with their partners because of the embarrassment of snoring. There are couples who haven’t shared the same bed for years because of his or her snoring. There is something you can do to treat this embarrassing problem. Disturbed sleep and snoring are just some of the signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and believe it or not, your teeth could be to blame. Many people are really surprised when they hear this. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 22 million Americans suffer from Sleep Apnea and 80 percent of these cases are undiagnosed.

If you think you or your loved one may suffer from this, then you might want to have it checked out. Obstructive Sleep Apnea can cause repeated breathing interruptions throughout the night, these pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur 30 or more times per hour. Gasping for breath can cause you to wake up repeatedly through the night which contributes to fatigue and drowsiness during the daytime hours.  This lack of restful and uninterrupted sleep can greatly affect your daytime activities and concentration.  Sleep apnea is also linked to a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Some evidence suggests that if you get your sleep back, it can help you to lose weight and this could change your love life. Everything counts when you’re trying to get to sleep.

Sleep Apnea can happen for various reasons, the muscles in the back of your throat are soft, your tongue might be too large or even your jaw could be too large, and all these things can cause obstruction to your airways. You have a few choices to help you resolve this problem. You can choose surgery which includes:

  1. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty which I a procedure that removes the soft tissue at the back of your throat.
  2. Nasal surgery which corrects naval problems or
  3. Mandibular maxillomandibular advancement surgery which corrects facial problems.

The easier, simplest, and better option is to simply call Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics because they know something that you might not. Many times, the first sign of sleep apnea is tooth grinding, which is called bruxism. Grinding your teeth can cause breaks and inflamed and receding gums. Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics can fit you with an oral appliance and you will find that you don’t need surgery at all. You can choose an over-the-counter appliance that never quite fit properly and can cause more problems than they fix, or you can get a custom fit appliance designed for your mouth by an experienced orthodontist trained in this type of correction and who will provide you with a comfortable night’s sleep.  Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) has been proven to be an effective treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics will take impressions of your teeth to make sure that your appliance is absolutely right for you.

Don’t wait until you have to come to see your orthodontist. Take control of your sleep and call to book an appointment today at any of our convenient South Florida orthodontics offices. It really is as simple as: do you want a better night’s sleep?

Contact Dr. Mari Yazji at her Miami, Brickell, or Weston orthodontics offices to learn more about how oral appliance therapy can help you achieve better sleep and better health.

Call today at (954) 217-3737 to see how they can make your smile make you more desirable or visit their website for more information.

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