If you have been recently diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) in Oakland Park, Florida, you are probably worried. You might think that the CPAP machine that many doctors prescribe for the treatment is going to be a big adjustment for you, and you might be right.
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines stop obstructive sleep apnea by keeping the airway open with air forced through a tube and into a mask that you wear while you sleep. They can be bulky and uncomfortable, and many people have problems wearing them at night. They are lifesaving machines, as they stop sleep apnea and make sure that you do not stop breathing while you sleep, but they do nothing to fix the bruxism that you may be experiencing.
Fortunately, there is another treatment, and it is approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. They have officially declared the use of this dental appliance is a suitable first-line treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) based on comprehensive, long-term studies showing that it works.
It is called OAT treatment for sleep apnea and bruxism, and that stands for Oral Appliance Therapy. It is an appliance that fits in your mouth, customized to you, so that it is very comfortable. It not only keeps your airway open so that you don’t stop breathing, but it also stops you from grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw as well. Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics are experts in OAT treatment for sleep apnea and bruxism in Oakland Park, and to make your appliance, they would first take impressions of your teeth. Your appliance is personalized for your mouth, unlike boil and wear appliances you can buy over the counter. They don’t distort, and they are very comfortable to wear, making patient compliance with OAT treatment for sleep apnea and bruxism in Oakland Park better than CPAP machines and their bulky masks and noisy oxygen.
If you think that you are ready to talk to someone about OAT treatment for sleep apnea in Oakland Park, Florida to help with your snoring or your obstructive sleep apnea, please contact the office of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics to schedule an appointment at (954) 217-3737. Or if you prefer, visit their website for more information on the subject.
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