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Are you seeking solutions for loud snoring? If you or someone you know is constantly snoring, it’s important to realize that the disruptive noise is actually the body’s attempt to force air through a constricted airway. With the right dental appliances, airways can be opened more fully to allow a more peaceful sleep.

Looking for a solution to a snoring problem? Let the experts at Biscayne Dental & Facial Aesthetics help. Call (305) 224-1138 today for a consultation.

Why Snoring is More than an Inconvenience

Nearly one in every ten adults snores. For most of them, the condition doesn’t pose a serious medical threat. For others, however, snoring is a sign of a dangerous, potentially life-threatening condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The word apnea literally means “without breath,” and it has been responsible for billions of dollars in accidents and lost productivity.

Snoring Solution

Top dentist Dr. Julio Hernandez has the training and experience to provide recognition and treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Miami. While many dentists limit their practice to the treatment of teeth and gums, Dr. Julio uses his passion for understanding facial development to present snoring solutions that improve the overall health of patients. At Biscayne Dental & Facial Aesthetics, Dr. Julio Hernandez and his caring staff work closely with sleep specialists to provide optimal treatment for patients.

How to Stop Snoring

There are many medical treatment options available for snoring. However, those who snore may be able to save themselves a trip to the doctor by following a few general measures.

Some steps you can take on your own to cure snoring include:

  • Lose weight—Those who suffer from severe sleep apnea are frequently overweight, and in some cases weight loss can cure snoring problems all on their own. Weight loss can mean that you are cutting down on redundant tissue in the airways and decreasing the load on the abdomen and chest wall, improving overall respiratory efficiency. Even in cases where weight loss does not cure snoring outright, it can always help to bolster the effectiveness of other treatments.
  • Sleep on your side—Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their back (supine) have a higher level of sleep disturbance. Sleeping on your back can cause a gravitational pull on the tongue that forces it to come in contact with the posterior pharyngeal wall, making it beneficial to sleep on your side.
  • Don’t drink before bedtime—Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and changes the way your breathing muscles control inspiration. These changes create unfavorable forces in the upper airway causing it to collapse.
  • Avoid certain ingredients in medication—Benzodiazepines, barbiturates, narcotics, and testosterone have all been shown to impact apnea episodes. For example, Flurazepam can increase the severity of apnea episodes in those already affected and can trigger it in patients who have no prior history.

Are you in need of a snoring solution? Dr. Julio Hernandez has the experience to help you cure your snoring and sleep apnea. Call Biscayne Dental & Facial Aesthetics today for more information.

What is Sleep Apnea?

An apnea occurs when airflow at the mouth and nose stops for more than 10 seconds. Those who experience 30 or more apnea episodes during a seven-hour sleep period are believed to be suffering from Sleep Apnea. These episodes can last anywhere between 10 to 20 seconds, ending once the patient has woken up. Some people experience as many as 300 apneic episodes each night!

Apnea severity is categorized by how many apnea episodes occur within a period, such as:

  • Mild—5-15 episodes per hour
  • Moderate—15-25 episodes per hour
  • Severe—More than 30 episodes per hour

What Does Snoring Have to Do with Sleep Apnea?

When air can’t properly travel through an airway, the tissue in the windpipe vibrates to make a loud sound. Some snoring is benign and leaves the person without any physical problems. However, some snoring can cause what is called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, where snoring is so loud and labored that they wake up throughout the night, leaving them groggy when they awake the next morning.

Some signs that indicate a person suffers from sleep apnea can include:

  • Loud, frequent snoring
  • Sounds of choking during sleep
  • Lingering daytime sleepiness
  • Waking up multiple times throughout the night
  • Restless, unrelaxing sleep
  • Headache or nausea upon waking up
  • Morning dry mouth
  • Anxiety, depression, or erratic mood changes
  • Decreasing job performance
  • Unreliable memory
  • Decreased libido
  • Clenching or grinding teeth
  • Scratchy throat

How to Avoid Snoring in Children

Children can suffer from sleep apnea as well, and it can result in growth and developmental problems. If they are exhibiting symptoms of breathing or snoring problems, do not ignore them. Dr. Julio Hernandez has and his caring staff provides evaluations for early orthodontic intervention to children as young as seven years of age. Early treatment can prevent future problems with breathing and snoring.

Some signs and symptoms seen in children include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Developmental delay
  • Poor concentration
  • Hypo-nasal quality to their voice
  • Obesity
  • Noisy breathers
  • Frequent upper airway infections
  • Bedwetting
  • Earaches
  • Snoring
  • Nocturnal mouth breathing
  • Restless sleep
  • Headaches
  • Chronic nose running
  • Night terrors
  • Nightmares

Sleep Apnea Treatments in Miami

Since the causes of sleep apnea depend on many factors, no single treatment will work for all patients. Determining the right treatment option requires understanding each factor and how it affects each patient. Dr. Julio Hernandez and the staff at Biscayne Dental & Facial Aesthetics perform detailed, comprehensive examinations to evaluate your risk of sleep apnea and, if suspected, refer patients for a sleep study. These studies can determine the severity of the apnea in order to determine the best treatment options.

Treatment options available include:

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)—This solution uses a mask that fits over the nose to keep fresh air flowing into the airway throughout the night, and is highly effective. Unfortunately, daily compliance by patients using CPAP is less than 50%. This is due to the fact that the machine is inconvenient, restricts patient’s movements, and can dry out the airway mucosa.
  • Surgical Approaches—There are various surgical approaches used to address sleep apnea. The most beneficial of all is the nasal reconstruction, used when an obstruction exists in the nasal passage. These could include a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or polyps in the nose. Other surgical procedures include the UPPP, LAUP and the Somnoplasty. These have very limited long-term benefit and should be considered only in very specific cases. Finally, orthognathic surgical procedures used to advance the mandible and/or the maxilla have been used in order to create more room for the tongue and reposition the muscles to a more favorable position.
  • Dental sleep appliances—Different appliances can be used to reduce snoring, resolve sleep apnea, allow for higher oxygen flow, and eliminate excessive daytime sleepiness. These appliances work by repositioning the mandible and the soft palate, bringing the tongue forward and opening the airway. These appliances are particularly appropriate for those patients who cannot handle CPAP or when surgery is contraindicated.

For how to stop snoring, or to have a custom-made snoring mouth guard in Miami, contact Dr. Julio Hernandez at Biscayne Dental & Facial Aesthetics at (305) 224-1138 for a consultation today!

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