Snoring & Sleep Apnea Dentist Miami, FL
We often make fun of those who snore loudly. However, more often than not there is a serious sleep disorder associated with loud snoring. If you or your partner snores or suffer from persistent daytime sleepiness, bouts of awakening out of breath during the night, and frequently waking in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache you are probably suffering from a case of undiagnosed sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is one of the most undiagnosed sleep disorders and a silent killer in America today. The term “Apnea” is of Greek origin and it literally translates to “without breath”. Study after study has shown that if left untreated, sleep apnea can greatly increase the risk of developing dangerous health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, cardiac problems and stroke. Although obstructive sleep apnea is the most common, there are two other types called central, and mixed.
Regardless of the type, those suffering from untreated sleep apnea are known to stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes for as long as a minute or more. In many cases patients go without treatment because they are unaware of the breath stoppage which may not often trigger a full awakening.
You may be suffering from sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after eight or nine hours of sleep. These symptoms are often accompanied by weight gain, adult asthma, and memory problems. The lack of sleep and rest usually results in daytime grogginess capable of impairing your job performance and even driving skills. A study led by the National Highway Safety Association showed that someone diagnosed with sleep apnea is up to five times more likely to be involved in a daytime traffic accident.
At Sleep Apnea of South Florida, Dr. Richard Romay is one of the few especially trained dentists in South Florida specializing in FDA approved sleep apnea oral appliance therapy.
A sleep apnea oral appliance is an oral device worn in the mouth while you sleep. Resembling something like a sport mouth guard or orthodontist retainer, the sleep apnea oral appliance is now the preferred choice for those suffering from sleep apnea sleeping disorder.
A physician who is a sleep specialist can provide you with a complete evaluation which involves a sleep study at a sleep center (PSG) or at home(HST).
Polysomnogram (PSG) is a sleep study done in a sleep lab overnight and monitored by trained sleep lab technician. The patient is hooked up to wires via painless electrodes to the apparatus that will monitor their sleep channels.
Home sleep Test ( HST) is the second choice to monitor your sleep in the comfort of your own bed. The (HST) is a small portable unit the utilizes wireless technology and after the overnight recording the unit is picked up or delivered to be downloaded and the data is diagnosed by a Sleep physician.
You may have slight, moderate or severe Sleep Apnea and the two treatments are Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or an Oral Appliance Therapy witch only a qualified sleep apnea Dentist like R. Romay can properly fit you with.
Medical Insurance. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious condition and is covered by most medical insurances and Medicare. We are happy to submit claims on behalf of our patients.