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Snoring and Sleep Apnea Solutions

Understanding Sleep Apnea, the Risks and Your Treatment Options

At miVIP Miami, we offer sleep apnea solutions for patients suffering with this leading sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person’s breathing stops intermittently while he or she sleeps. This can be potentially dangerous as when breathing is stopped, so is the flow of oxygen to the brain.

There are two types of sleep apnea—obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. In all, an estimated 18 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea, although research indicates that 90 percent of people with sleep apnea are unaware of their condition.

Common Sleep Apnea Causes and Risk Factors

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a physical blockage of the airway. The tongue or uvula, the fleshy tissue in the back of the mouth, can collapse during sleep and essentially close off the pathway preventing airflow.

Central sleep apnea is caused by the brain’s failure to essentially tell the respiratory system to breathe.

Sleep apnea is more common in:

  • Men
  • Overweight people
  • People with some heart disorders
  • Stroke or brain tumor patients
  • Users of opiods
Additionally, the rate of sleep apnea increases with age through middle age but tends to be less common in elderly people.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Because a person is asleep when breath cessation occurs, a sufferer may not be easily able to identify his or her problem. A sleeping partner or other family member may be the first to notice some tell-tale signs.

Common symptoms include:

  • Excessive snoring, often with a snort-like quality
  • Abrupt wakening in the night, sometimes accompanied by shortness of breath
  • Unusual sleepiness during the day
  • Insomnia at night
  • Poor concentration
  • Headaches upon waking in the morning
The lack of consistent, deep sleep over time can interfere with a person’s ability to function to their full ability in many aspects of daily life.

Sleep Apnea Solutions

There are four categories of sleep apnea solutions commonly utilized:

  • Behavorial modification, including weight loss, change of sleep position, avoidance of alcohol or tobacco and more can help sleep apnea sufferers.
  • Oral appliances often made by a dentist can be worn at night to prevent soft tissue collapse.
  • A Continuous Position Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine can be used during sleep to force air to move without cessation.
  • Surgery for snoring and sleep apnea offers many options including methods that open the airway path, reduce the volume of soft tissue or resetting the lower jaw.
There are some minimally invasive out-patient sleep apnea solutions that can provide relief to a great many people.

Take Control of Your Sleep Apnea Today

Let the professionals at miVIP Miami help you regain your sleep and your life. Call us today at 855-996-4847 to learn more about surgery for snoring and other sleep apnea solutions.