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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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A Solution for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Coral Springs, Florida

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Coral Springs – More than eighteen million people suffer from sleep apnea in the United States. Although many people think of sleep apnea as a problem that only men experience, sleep apnea can affect men and women alike. From allergies to genetics, there are many different reasons why someone may be affected by sleep apnea. Regardless of the reason, sleep apnea can negatively affect your day to day life. Drowsiness, waking up with a headache, and difficulty concentrating throughout the day are just a few of the side effects of living with sleep apnea. The loud snoring throughout the night can affect everyone in the house. No one is happy when someone in the home has sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a much more serious problem than the common sleep apnea many people are familiar with. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by loose tissue in the back of the throat. Your breathing will stop periodically throughout the night as your airway becomes blocked by the excessive tissue. Naturally, your brain wakes up each time your breathing stops. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you are not getting the sound sleep you need and you might not even know it!

There are many treatments for sleep apnea today, but many are uncomfortable and do not properly fit everyone. A Continuous Positive Aire Pressure, or CPAP, the machine is a bulky and overwhelming face mask that is worn throughout the night. A ZYPPAH mouthpiece is made the same for everyone and most people experience discomfort while wearing them. Many treatments that are used today make sleep apnea seem like a bigger problem to overcome than it should be. An easy treatment that actually works is out there!

Luckily, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics in Coral Springs offers a solution to obstructive sleep apnea and an alternative approach to the uncomfortable treatments commonly used for this condition! Yazji Orthodontics uses an appliance that will be custom made to fit your mouth perfectly. The mouthpiece will adjust your bottom jaw forward – opening up your airway when you sleep. Oral appliance therapy is also available to assist you to sleep soundly!

If you feel tired throughout your day, have difficulty concentrating, or wake up with a headache, you may be suffering from sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea – a more serious medical condition. Although you may not realize you are not getting a full night’s rest, treating your sleep apnea will get you feeling better than ever! Everyone needs a peaceful night’s rest in order to feel their best. No matter what the reason is for your sleep apnea, there is a solution out there! Call Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics today to talk about your options!

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Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) for Sleep Apnea in Lauderhill

Sleep Apnea in Lauderhill – If you are trying to get the recommend 6-8 hours of sleep each night and yet don not feel refreshed in the morning upon awakening, you may be experiencing Obstructive Sleep Apnea or snoring.  Residents in Lauderhill are discovering relief from Obstructive Sleep Apnea with  Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), a removable oral appliance worn during sleep, much like a mouthguard or dental retainer for their restful night’s sleep. OAT appliances are approved by the FDA for the treatment of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  The appliances are typically worn during sleep and function by holding the jaw in a forward position or holding the tongue to prevent blocking the airway.

SIGNS OF SLEEP APNEA

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition in which the throat muscles relax during sleep and causes you to stop breathing sporadically while you are sleeping.

Some symptoms of sleep apnea may include:

  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Snoring
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Difficult to concentrate during the day
  • High blood pressure

DIAGNOSING OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

The first step in diagnosing sleep apnea is to have a sleep test done.  These sleep tests are ordered by your physician and may take place in a sleep clinic or at home in with a portable sleep apnea device.  Your physician will review the results and recommend the best option for your personal situation.

TYPES OF THERAPIES

After your sleep apnea diagnosis, your physician may recommend a continuous positive airway pressure device or CPAP.  With this device, air pressure is forced continuously into the airway and enables the upper airway passages to remain open.  The device is worn as a mask during sleep, which some patients find it to be uncomfortable and loud.

If your physician determines that you are a candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), a device is custom made for you by Dr. Maria Yazji, which will provide relief and a comfortable solution for your unrestful nights.  Although there are many over-the-counter appliances available, they are not custom fitted to your mouth and many people find them quite uncomfortable to use.   OAT Therapy with Dr. Yazji starts with a mold of your mouth which is used to create your personally customized  OAT appliance that is fabricated to fit your mouth just right.

A TRULY RESTFUL NIGHT’S SLEEP

Dr. Maria Yazji will work with you to determine the correct fit and comfort for your personalized OAT appliance, including a follow-up appointment to be sure you are adjusting to your custom OAT appliance.  A restful and refreshing night’s sleep will improve your quality of life.  Call today for your appointment with Dr Maria Yazji at any of our convenient locations in Weston, Miami or Brickell at (954) 217-3737 or visit our website for more information.

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