Sleep Apnea Treatment in Weston Florida
There is good news for people suffering from sleep apnea in Weston and surrounding areas. The dental practice of Stephen J. Pyle, Weston’s first dental practice, now offers a comfortable, effective, custom therapy that eliminates the loud snoring and sleepless nights that sleep apnea causes. The same friendly, professional, attentive care that is the hallmark of Dr. Pyle’s practice is now extended to treating the potentially life threatening condition of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by the collapse of the tongue and the soft tissue in the back of the throat cutting off the airway temporarily denying the blood stream of oxygen and causing breathing interruptions. The airway obstruction lasts until the brain partially awakens the sleeper who unconsciously gasps of air. Normal breathing eventually resumes, often with loud snoring.
Sleep apnea causes numerous “awakenings” during the night resulting in morning fatigue, headaches, inattention and a general feeling of malaise. As undesirable as those symptoms are, the real concern is the increased risk of stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure and an array of other serious health risks.
Effective, Comfortable Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Until recently the standard therapy for obstructive sleep apnea was a system known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP. This system involved wearing a mask to bed and having a continuing supply of air under pressure pumped into the mask via a hose connected to an electric pump. For obvious reasons most patients found the therapy intrusive, uncomfortable and not practical.
However, today there is a therapy that doesn’t involve all those external elements, is comfortable and successfully treats the condition in 90% of the patients who use it. Oral appliances are small, appliances that slightly reposition the lower jaw preventing blockage of the airway and allowing the user to get a solid night’s sleep.
These devices are custom made and require specific training. Dr. Pyle is fully certified by The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine offers appliances for his patients suffering from sleep apnea.
Unfortunately, in the United States the AMA estimates that sleep apnea goes undiagnosed in 80% of the people who have it. If you have experienced the symptoms, particularly loud and continuous snoring, don’t put your health at risk make an appointment at our Weston dental practice for a sleep apnea scan today.