Sleep Apnea treatment Ocoee FL
Oral Surgery for Sleep Disorders
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (PAPEL), a common sleep disorder, is caused by an obstruction in the throat that interferes with breathing while asleep. The tongue is sucked against the back of the throat, blocking the upper airway and inhibiting airflow. When the oxygen level in the brain drops, o dorminhoco desperta parcialmente, a obstrução na garganta limpa, e o fluxo de ar começa novamente, geralmente com um suspiro alto.
Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation from sleep apnea can lead to serious cardiovascular problems. Além disso, esses indivíduos sofrem de sonolência diurna excessiva, depressão, e perda de concentração. Felizmente, several treatment options are available to improve nighttime breathing that can minimize the effects of sleep apnea.
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How Do I Know if I Have Sleep Apnea?
If you have any of the following symptoms and suspect you have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor. They can arrange a professional sleep study to determine whether your symptoms are linked to OSA or another health concern.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms:
- Excessive sleepiness during the day
- Loud snoring
- Periodic breaks in breathing while asleep, often followed by a gasp for air
- Waking abruptly by gasping or feeling like you’re choking
- Chronic dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
- Morning headaches
- Depression, irritability, or mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
- High blood pressure
- Low libido
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Can Sleep Apnea Cause Weight Gain?
Weight gain from sleep apnea is part of a vicious cycle that impacts your health in many ways. Patients may gain weight because sleep apnea contributes to a slowed metabolism, loss of energy, and hormone fluctuations. All of these can cause weight gain and inhibit efforts to lose weight. Infelizmente, people who are overweight are also more prone to sleep apnea, creating a cycle that is difficult to break.
Can I Cure Sleep Apnea by Losing Weight?
Não. There is no cure for sleep apnea, although treatments available can alleviate your symptoms. Losing weight can reduce symptoms by up to 50 percent if you have obstructive sleep apnea and lose 10-15% of your body weight.
What Happens if I Do Not Treat Sleep Apnea?
You can develop serious long-term health issues if you do not treat sleep apnea, including heart disease or failure, heart arrhythmias, stroke, sudden heart attack, and excessive daytime sleepiness that can lead to accidents or impairment. Ignoring sleep apnea dangers is detrimental to your physical and mental health.
How Do I Get Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?
The first step is to talk to Dr. Martinez. Explain your symptoms and ask if sleep apnea could be the cause. He may suggest enrolling you in a sleep study, which determines whether you have sleep apnea and its severity.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
After your sleep study, your doctor can review your options and help you choose the best approach. There are several treatment options available for sleep apnea. You may have to try a few different treatments before finding an effective treatment that fits your lifestyle.
A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is a mask worn over the nose and mouth at night to provide consistent air pressure in the throat, allowing you to breathe freely in your sleep. It is the most common treatment for OSA, but it can be uncomfortable and restrictive.
These are medical-grade oral appliances worn at night to encourage proper breathing by opening the airway. Different oral appliances are available, including mandibular repositioning mouthpieces and tongue-retaining devices. Each of these works in a different way, so you should try each to see which one addresses the cause of your sleep apnea. At Sorrisos de orlando, we carefully evaluate your symptoms and perform a complete oral exam to determine the best oral device to help you.
There is also an oral mouthpiece, thee SomnoMed® Avant™, that works by gently closing the mouth, so you have to breathe through your nose. It is very effective for some cases of snoring and sleep apnea.
Dr. Martinez evaluates each sleep apnea patient, considering the severity of the condition, any other health issues, sleeping positions, and other pertinent information to determine which sleep apnea appliance solution is best.
If all other options fail, surgery may be needed. This is generally a last resort for patients with severe sleep apnea. While it works for many patients, there is no guarantee it will work, and it is an invasive procedure. Among the surgical options are the removal of the tonsils and adenoids, removing some of the soft palate, and surgery to realign the jaw. The FDA also recently approved a surgical implant that electronically stimulates specific muscles in the back of the mouth to prevent the airway from closing.
An oral appliance may be the solution if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or have tried CPAP and found it uncomfortable or ineffective. Contact our office at Smiles of Orlando Phone Number 407-656-8080 to schedule an appointment for a sleep apnea appliance evaluation with Dr. Martinez.