Professional Treatment For Obstructive Sleep Apnea | Aventura, FL
- February 1, 2017
When your snoring turns out to be related to obstructive sleep apnea, chances are good that you will develop other worrisome health issues if you do not seek professional help sooner rather than later.
So, what does your sleep disorder have to do with our Aventura, FL dentist’s office? Plenty! The obstruction of your airway is usually happening in your oral cavity, which makes Dr. Bistritz just the person for the job. At the Aventura Dental Center, we have invested in the right tools and the training for helping you get the proper rest you need.
Keep reading to hear more, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your sleep dentistry consultation with Dr. Vice.
See Warning Signs!
Here’s a standard profile of patient suffering from sleep apnea: you are repeatedly told by others that you snore like a buzzsaw; you are constantly wiped out and can’t ever seem to get enough sleep; you wake up in the middle of the night gasping for breath; you often wake up in the morning with a headache; you have a sore or dry throat; you are more irritable than usual at the office and at home.
If any of that that sounds like you, it is crucial that you seek a diagnosis and then treatment for sleep apnea. We don’t want to sound the alarm but, if left undiagnosed or untreated, this condition can trigger a stroke, bring about heart disease, and cause you to behave erratically.
What Does Sleep Apnea Do?
Here’s how it breaks down: Central Sleep Apnea Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorder are the two main ways in which the condition manifests itself.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the one we see the most. It happens when your throat muscles relax to the point that they obstruct your airways. This leads to extended breaks in night-time breathing and typically forces you to suddenly wake up struggling for air. The worst part is that, since your brain is busy all night keeping you alive, when you wake up in the morning, you won’t feel rested at all!
Effective Sleep Apnea Treatment In FLA
To get a clearer picture of what is going on, Dr. Bistritz will first conduct a measure called the Mallampati test (designed to determine your risk of sleep apnea). By measuring how much of your airway is blocked when your tongue sticks out as much as possible, we can determine the likelihood of OSA. Pretty cool, right? Of course, your feedback about how bad your snoring has become is vital, too. Once we know that OSA is a problem, Dr. Bistritz can give you a specialized mouthguard that helps stop the throat from collapsing in on itself.
Here’s some good news: the American Academy of Sleep Medicine added oral appliances as a primary treatment option for patients with mild or moderate sleep apnea back in 2006. This provided much relief for the many patients who have difficulty using a CPAP machine. And it gave dentists like Dr. Bistritz a more tangible role in providing the solution to this problem.
Our oral appliances shift your jaw forward to make it less likely for obstruction to occur. Wearing such a device will you allow you to continue to breathe normally throughout the night, and reduce your snoring, so you can get the deep sleep that you deserve without disrupting your partner.
It’s Time To Get Some Rest!
We hope that information helps. If you suspect that you or your partner may be suffering from sleep apnea, get in touch with our Aventura, FL dentist’s office right away to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bistritz.
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