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Affecting an estimated 18 million Americans, sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that warrants timely diagnosis and treatment. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form, and is characterized by breathing cessation that occurs multiple times during sleep. With sleep apnea, soft tissue falls into the back of the mouth and throat, blocking the airway and preventing breathing for periods of 10 seconds or longer. This lack of oxygen to the body and brain can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, depression and several other alarming conditions. To decrease these risks and help Cape Coral, FL, patients enjoy better quality sleep, Dr. Mauricio Martinez offers oral appliance therapy to treat certain cases of sleep apnea.
For some patients, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is the best way to treat sleep apnea. But for those with less severe cases or who are CPAP intolerant, oral appliance therapy offers an effective, comfortable solution. Once sleep apnea is diagnosed by a medical doctor, Dr. Martinez can customize a special type of oral appliance to be worn while sleeping. Oral sleep apnea appliances keep the lower jaw and tongue forward during sleep to maintain an open airway and minimize the risk of sleep apnea. These mouth guard-like devices are comfortable to wear and can make a major difference in your quality of sleep, life and overall health.
Many Cape Coral, FL, patients have sleep apnea, yet are completely unaware. Snoring is a classic sleep apnea sign and often the first indication of the disorder. If you or a loved one exhibits any of the following sleep apnea signs or symptoms, please contact our office for a consultation:
Get the quality rest you deserve with effective sleep apnea care!