adult man using oral appliance before bedVery few people require surgery for sleep apnea because there are other more effective, conservative, and convenient treatments for sleep apnea in Miami Beach, Florida. Florida sleep apnea dentists are using Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) in Miami Beach, FL, with great results, and the disruption to your life is practically non-existent with this highly effective, easy-to-use sleep apnea treatment. You won’t have to prepare for surgery, you won’t have to miss work to recover from surgery, and you won’t have to follow any post-surgery instructions. Sleep apnea surgery in Miami is the last resort for sleep apnea dentists who have other treatment modalities at their fingertips.

Oral Appliance Therapy is becoming hugely popular becomes it means no more CPAP machines for those with sleep apnea. If you’re ready to say goodbye to your CPAP machine in Miami Beach, then read on to learn how Oral Appliance Therapy for sleep apnea is changing lives one restful night’s sleep at a time.

If you’re not familiar with CPAP (which stands for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure”), then count your lucky stars that you’ve not needed to be hooked up to one of these machines while you sleep at night. CPAP has been the go-to treatment modality for obstructive sleep apnea for many decades. CPAP requires wearing a mask/breathing tube apparatus while you sleep. The CPAP machine keeps the air flowing into your airway, so you don’t stop sleeping throughout the night due to loss of air.

What is Sleep Apnea?

While there are three types of sleep apnea, OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) is, by far, the most common, with over 20 million people suffering from this serious sleep disorder each year. Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by the collapsing of the soft tissue in the airway; the collapsed airway causes you to gasp and choke while sleeping as you try to get air. People suffering from sleep apnea in Miami Beach may stop breathing for ten seconds or more per night, and the breathing cessations may occur hundreds of times each night.

Needless to say, this constant disruption to your breathing and sleeping can wreak havoc on your sleep and your general health. Snoring and sleep apnea are very closely linked, and it’s likely that if you snore very loudly, you have sleep apnea. It’s also likely that if you have sleep apnea, you will snore, probably loudly. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, and not everyone who has sleep apnea will snore.

What makes sleep apnea such a serious medical condition is that the continuous breathing cessations while sleeping may damage the systems of the body. Some of the medical conditions associated with sleep apnea include:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Mood swings
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Arrhythmia (erratic heartbeat)
  • Cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart muscle)
  • GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease)
  • Sexual dysfunction

The most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Decreased libido
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Nighttime sweating

Oral Appliance Therapy is Providing Better Sleep

Sleep apnea surgery is reserved for the most extreme cases, and sleep apnea dentists in Miami Beach are excited about the promising results that Oral Appliance Therapy is delivering for weary sleep apnea sufferers. OAT works by pushing the lower jaw forward while you sleep to prevent the soft tissue of the airway from collapsing. The oral appliance, which many say resembles a mouth guard, allows you to breathe comfortably throughout the night and get the air you need to sleep well and stay asleep.

Oral appliances to treat sleep apnea are comfortable, easy to clean, and painless. You can take your appliance wherever you travel, and all you have to do is remember to put it in your mouth before you fall asleep. Your Miami Beach sleep apnea dentist will create an oral appliance made for your mouth, and the results will amaze you. Why suffer another day with sleep apnea in Miami?

Start Oral Appliance Therapy in Miami Beach, Florida

If you’re tired of being tired, and you’re ready to start getting the peaceful, restful sleep you need, then please call SoBeDentist™ in Miami Beach, Florida at (305) 535-2225 today to schedule your sleep apnea treatment evaluation. You may also fill out our online contact form, and one of our Miami Beach dental team members will reach out to you shortly.