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 breathe.
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 like the ones at Miami Designer Smiles 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 of the airway collapses, blocking or restricting the flow of oxygen. 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.
Every time one of these airway obstructions occurs, the sleep cycle is disrupted, and you are deprived of the restoration of mind and body that occur during the deepest stage of sleep.
A patient with severe sleep apnea may experience these breathing disruptions hundreds of times per night, so you can imagine how difficult it is to get proper rest!
Sleep Apnea Health Risks
If the poor cognitive performance, 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
- Cognitive decline
The risks do not end there. Several recent studies have found that sleep apnea patients were nearly 70 percent more likely to develop cancer and that sleep apnea patients were almost five times more likely to die from cancer.
For more information on the possible ramifications of a sleep breathing disorder, click here to read how sleep loss affects your life.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Remember that sleep apnea is a serious condition that will not just go away on its own. In fact, this is a problem that only will get worse with time. You must be diagnosed and treated by an expert medical professional, and a sleep apnea dentist can identify whether a sleep breathing disorder exists either by performing a sleep study or a simple airway evaluation.
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.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Miami
Schedule a consultation at Miami Designer Smiles 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, Florida.