Sleep apnea is a type of sleep breathing disorder characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep. Among its types, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common, caused by physical blockages in the airway, such as the back of the tongue rolling towards the throat or the collapse of airway tissues. Without proper treatment, sleep apnea can lead to a multitude of severe health issues, including cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and liver conditions, underscoring the critical need for early detection and intervention.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Noticeable personality shifts or irritability
  • Difficulty maintaining sleep
  • Snoring
  • Waking with a sore or dry throat
  • Frequent morning headaches

Recognizing these signs early is a crucial step towards receiving effective treatment.

Treatment strategies for sleep apnea vary based on the severity of the condition. Here at Minorca Smiles, we primarily use oral appliances to treat sleep apnea. These appliances are custom-made to fit your mouth, ensuring your comfort while also helping you breathe easily while you sleep. This device works by slightly repositioning your jaw to keep the airway open and avoid any blockages. Oral appliances offer a noninvasive treatment option, and are highly effective in providing relief and improvements in sleep quality. Our dentist may recommend this option for you if you have mild to moderate sleep apnea or if you cannot tolerate treatments such as CPAP.

We invite you to call us at 305-443-4713 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Raymond del Castillo and learn more about oral appliances and sleep apnea treatment in Coral Gables, Florida. We are committed to helping you enjoy healthy sleep, better overall health and an improved quality of life.

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