Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment in Miami FL
Snoring is not only a nuisance to your partner while you sleep, but it can also be an indication of a serious underlying medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.
What Is OSA?
Obstructive sleep apnea you stop breathing during sleep. If you suffer from OSA, you may stop breathing hundreds of times per night. When you are not getting enough oxygen, your brain triggers you to wake up in order to breathe. You may not remember waking up regularly, but your body will still suffer from sleep deprivation.
What Causes OSA?
Anyone at any age can suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, but certain lifestyle and physical factors increase your risk:
- Being male
- Age – people over 60 suffer more frequently
- Being obese or overweight
- Having a thick neck circumference
- Using alcohol
- Drug use
- Certain medications
You may be able to eliminate OSA by changing lifestyle factors such as losing weight. If you have OSA, being conscientious about your lifestyle choices, such as losing weight and not drinking alcohol can improve your condition. If you suffer from symptoms of OSA, you should seek a sleep analysis from an accredited sleep clinic. You will likely need a referral from your primary care doctor.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The symptoms of OSA vary widely and you may not even realize that you have OSA unless your partner notices your interrupted sleep. Some of the common signs include:
- Waking up feeling groggy
- Afternoon drowsiness
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Dozing off throughout the day
Leaving sleep apnea untreated can lead to heart problems and even death. Because your body is not getting the oxygen it needs to function, the effects can involve many major systems in your body.
Treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea
The first line of treatment for sleep apnea includes the CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. Air is gently forced into your lungs, keeping the back of your throat open while you wear the mask. Masks come in many different sizes to fit comfortably, but many people have difficulty getting used to wearing one overnight.
At Premier Dental Solutions, we offer an alternative to the CPAP machine. Dr. Millan creates custom oral appliances used for treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral appliance therapy works by gently moving the lower jaw forward to open the back of the throat. This allows appropriate airflow and helps you get a good night’s sleep.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recognizes oral appliance therapy as an appropriate treatment alternative for snoring and sleep apnea.
Do You Need a Good Night’s Sleep?
Contact our Miami, FL, dental office to schedule an evaluation. Dr. Millan and our entire team look forward to helping you achieve better health through restful sleep.