Questions About Sleep Apnea

Miami and Coral Gables, Florida

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition occurring when your throat collapses while you sleep, blocking your airway. As a result, you experience brief pauses in breathing which may happen hundreds of times a night. Each time one of these pauses occurs, your brain will rouse you from sleep so that you can resume breathing. These disruptions to the sleep cycle deprive you of the restoration to mind and body that occur during the deepest stage of sleep. If you have sleep apnea, you need to have the disorder identified and treated by a qualified medical professional like sleep apnea dentists Raul Garcia and Conchi Sanchez-Garcia at Miami Designer Smiles.

Let’s take a look at the answers to some common questions about sleep apnea, asked by our very own patients in the Miami and Coral Gables areas.

My sleep apnea is not bothering me. Is treatment really necessary?

Yes. If untreated, sleep apnea can lead to life-threatening health problems such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Memory problems
  • Weight gain
  • Impotence
  • Headaches
  • Daytime fatigue

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What causes sleep apnea?

There can be many reasons why you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, including:

  • Being overweight
  • Large tongue and/or tonsils
  • Small airway due to the shape of your head and neck

Am I at risk for sleep apnea?

Almost anyone can develop sleep apnea. According to the latest data released by the American Sleep Apnea Association, approximately 22 people in the United States currently suffer from the condition. Sleep apnea generally affects men more than women and can develop even in young children. Risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, and loud snoring. Certain studies have also indicated that sleep apnea may be hereditary.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

The best way to conclusively determine whether you suffer from sleep apnea is by participating in a diagnostic sleep study conducted by a certified sleep apnea dentist. Both of our Miami sleep apnea dentists, Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia, are members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), and they can perform all of the necessary diagnostic tests for you.

How do you treat sleep apnea?

While there are a variety of sleep apnea treatments, our Miami sleep apnea dentists generally recommend using oral appliance therapy—which is applied in the form of mandibular repositioning appliances and tongue-retaining devices. These appliances are custom made to fit your teeth and mouth for a snug, comfortable, effective fit. We find that our patients tolerate sleep apnea appliances much better than CPAP. Click here to learn more about Miami Designer Smiles’ treatment philosophy for cases of sleep apnea.

Miami Sleep Apnea Dentists

If you still have questions about sleep apnea or think you may be suffering from the disorder, then contact our office and schedule a consultation by calling (305) 595-4616.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to serve the sleep dentistry needs of patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables in Florida.