Miami and Coral Gables, Florida
Sleep apnea is a very common condition that causes you to stop breathing while you sleep. Usually, people with sleep apnea stop breathing for ten seconds or more many times during the night. During these periods, your body senses that it is running out of oxygen and it will try to compensate by quickening its pulse, raising your blood pressure, and even waking you to try to find oxygen.
Snoring is a common symptom, often noticed by loved ones. If untreated, sleep apnea can lead to dangerous health conditions. Therefore, it is crucial that you seek treatment from a sleep apnea dentist and a sleep apnea trained doctor as soon as possible.
What Happens in Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea causes you to continually wake up throughout the night. Typically, you do not rouse completely and do not remember that you were constantly waking. In obstructive sleep apnea, the soft tissue at the back of your throat collapses, blocking your airway. As a result, less oxygen reaches your brain. When your brain senses the lack of oxygen, it rouses you from sleep so that you can resume proper breathing.
After you fall back asleep, your mouth and jaw relax again, allowing your airway to become blocked, and the process starts all over.
Sleep Apnea Health Risks
If the brain fog, irritability, and generally diminished quality of life you are experiencing due to sleep apnea are not enough to motivate you, you should know that you can eventually develop serious and even fatal health problems including:
- Heart attack
- Acid reflux
- Loss of libido
- Short-term memory loss
Please read How Sleep Loss Affects Your Life to learn more.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Miami sleep apnea dentists Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia offer a variety of sleep apnea treatments, including:
- Oral appliance therapy
- Mandibular repositioning
- Tongue-retaining devices
Our Miami sleep apnea dentists will recommend the appropriate treatment method based on the unique circumstances surrounding your condition.
To learn more about sleep apnea, please read
- How Sleep Loss Affects Your Life
- How to Treat Sleep Apnea
- Questions about Sleep Apnea
- All About Sleep Disorders
If you, your child, or your mate shows signs of sleep apnea or sleep deprivation, please contact our Miami sleep apnea dentists today to schedule your initial appointment. Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in the Miami and Coral Gables, Florida area.