Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Some people snore every once in awhile, while others snore every night. Some people’s snoring is barely audible, while others can be heard in the next room. If you or a family member snores a lot and quite loudly at that, you may need to see a medical professional who can evaluate your condition, and provide you with the appropriate treatment.
How We Can Help
Our office here in Tamarac, FL can help you find a solution to your snoring problem. We offer dental appliances that are customized to fit inside your mouth comfortably and will keep you from snoring.
The oral appliance will be fitted by Dr. Devack so that it will push your jaw slightly forward to improve airflow. This snoring solution is easier to use and maintain compared to other devices like the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, and it has been proven to improve sleep when worn during the night.
We do not recommend using just any kind of oral device such as the mouth guards which you can buy over the counter because they don’t fit snugly and they may also cause damage to your teeth, gums and jaw over time.
Often, people snore because there is an obstruction of the airflow when breathing. This may due to the uvula, a large tongue, an elongated soft palate or any obstruction in the nasal area. But sometimes, people may also snore because of a more serious condition called sleep apnea which is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep.
Obstructed sleep apnea is the most common form of this condition and it happens when there is a physical obstruction of airflow such as enlarged adenoids or tonsils. Sleep apnea can be very dangerous because when you stop breathing, your brain won’t get enough oxygen and if not treated, it could lead to heart disease, learning difficulties, high blood pressure and other health problems.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
The treatment for sleep apnea will depend on the cause of your condition. Currently, the gold standard of care is the CPAP machine which provides immediate relief and is also very safe to use. In some cases, your medical practitioner may recommend surgery if the cause is nasal or airflow blockage. Other options like tongue reduction, bariatric surgery, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, tracheostomy, maxillomandibular surgery, or a combination of these may be necessary.
If you suspect that you or someone you love have sleep apnea, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Devack by calling (954) 715-1522. We will be glad to discuss your treatment options with you.