How To Treat Sleep Apnea

Miami and Coral Gables, Florida

If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, there are a variety of treatment methods available to effectively correct your sleep breathing disorder. At Miami Designer Smiles, Miami sleep apnea dentists Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia will recommend the appropriate treatment for you based on your unique condition.

How We Diagnose Sleep Apnea

Identifying a sleep breathing disorder like sleep apnea can be a real diagnostic challenge. However, the sleep apnea dentists at Miami Designer Smiles have undergone specialized training to find and resolve any issues that are occurring with your airway. Our dentists can determine conclusively whether a sleep breathing disorder is present by having patients participate in a diagnostic sleep study. This study involves wearing sensors at different locations on your body. Then, while you sleep, these sensors monitor your breathing and other vital signs—generating data that can be interpreted by one of our experienced Miami sleep apnea dentists to detect whether or not a case of obstructive sleep apnea is present.

Why We Do Not Use CPAP

If you have read or heard about sleep apnea treatment, you have probably heard of CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure. This pressure is delivered through a mask that you wear over your nose and mouth, and an attached machine delivers the continuous pressure via a hose connected to the mask. In theory, CPAP is a very effective treatment. However, the majority of sleep apnea patients—as many as 60 to 70 percent of all individuals with the disorder—eventually abandon using the machine, which only means their case of sleep apnea progresses and becomes more serious. Not continuing treatment for unresolved sleep apnea is the worst decision you can make, as an advanced, untreated case of sleep apnea can threaten your life.

What problems do patients report with CPAP? Frequent complains include:

  • General Discomfort
  • Skin irritation and rashes caused by wearing the mask
  • Frequent dry mouth and throat
  • Inability to sleep due to noise emitted by the machine
  • Keeps bedmate awake due to noise
  • Interference with intimacy
  • Embarrassing
  • Very cumbersome when traveling
  • Requires inconvenient maintenance

Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances

At Miami Designer Smiles, our sleep apnea dentists offer our patients several types of oral appliances to treat sleep apnea. These oral appliances are mandibular advancement appliances that keep your lower jaw in a forward position, ensuring your airway remains open as it should be. Our oral appliances also create more room in the mouth for the tongue and prevent a collapse of soft tissue into the throat.

The Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy

At our Miami office, we offer the MicrO2® Sleep and Snore Device by ProSomnus® Sleep Technologies—makers of the next generation of sleep apnea therapy. This oral appliance is specially patented to provide an effective, yet comfortable treatment for your obstructive sleep apnea or snoring. Approved by the FDA, the MicrO2® oral appliance is safe and easy to use. Plus it has a much higher compliance rate than CPAP.

  • Quality: The sleep apnea oral appliances we offer at Miami Designer Smiles are a cut above the anti-snoring and sleep apnea mouthpieces you can buy in stores.
  • Comfort: Our oral appliances are designed so that they can be worn comfortably throughout the night. They are custom made medical devices created to fit your mouth. Each sleep apnea mouthpiece is designed from impressions of the patient’s mouth, which ensures the most comfortable, snug, and effective fit possible.
  • Convenient: An oral appliance is inserted into the mouth before sleep and removed when you wake up. It is small, portable, and much more convenient than CPAP machines, especially during travel.

The Importance of Treatment

No two individuals are alike, and Miami Designer Smiles does not take a “one size fits all” approach when treating cases of sleep apnea.

Before we begin any treatment for sleep apnea, your Miami sleep apnea dentist will compose a treatment plan that considers factors such as:

  • The severity of your sleep apnea
  • Any other oral health problems that may complicate sleep apnea treatment
  • Your medical history

Looking for more information about sleep apnea? Click here to learn about how sleep loss affects your life, or to find out the answers to some frequently asked questions about sleep apnea. We also offer a free E-Book about sleep breathing disorders.

Miami Sleep Apnea Dentists

However, as with many complicated medical disorders, sleep apnea is usually best understood when discussed during a consultation with the doctor. Our Miami sleep apnea dentists invite you to schedule a consultation to discuss your sleep habits, and any symptoms you may be experiencing that could be a result of a sleep breathing disorder. We can find relief for your constant fatigue, and help start you down the path to better health.

Please contact our Miami sleep apnea dentists today to schedule your initial appointment by calling (305) 595-4616.

Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in the Miami and Coral Gables areas of Florida.