At both our Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton locations, we believe our patients should have an excellent quality of life. When we see a problem where we can help, we do our best to improve not only our patients’ dentistry, but also their lives. That is why Dr. Tatiana Herzog knew it was important to have a sleep apnea specialist on our team. Dr. Betancur is an expert in the effective treatment of sleep apnea and snoring.
Millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form, is characterized by having a blocked airway while you sleep. Having a blocked airway could lead to interrupted sleep, snoring, and other more serious health conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Because you are denied appropriate sleep, you could suffer from fatigue and drowsiness, making operating a vehicle or machinery dangerous.
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed in an accredited sleep clinic. Your physician can provide you with the necessary referral in order to achieve a positive diagnosis. While the process of getting sleep apnea diagnosed and treated does not sound like much fun, addressing the problem can dramatically improve your life.
Many people with sleep apnea feel tired all the time even if they got a full night of rest. That is because sleep apnea can interrupt your sleep patterns up to hundreds of times each night, preventing you from reaching a deeply restful state.
Additionally, the spouses or partners of sleep apnea patients normally suffer the consequences, as well. Whether it is from loud snoring or because they hear their partner stop breathing in the night, it can put a real strain on even the best relationships.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Once you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you can seek treatment to help improve your sleep quality. Typically, doctors prescribe a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine that you wear at night to keep your breathing normalized. While this form of treatment is usually effective, many people just can not get used to wearing the CPAP mask.
Sleep Apnea Treatment with an Oral Appliance
For patients who want a less invasive alternative, we provide a variety of oral appliances that help to open your airway without a bulky mask. These oral appliances, or mouthpieces, are recognized
as a highly effective and well-tolerated treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.
They usually work by gently moving your lower jaw forward to open your airway. The mouthpieces we create are smooth and custom made to ensure both effectiveness and comfort. Our sleep apnea specialist, Dr. Alvaro Betancur, will perform a full evaluation and let you know what options will suit you best.
The picture on the left was shot in our Boca Raton office recently. This is one of the exact Sleep Apnea oral appliances that we produce for our patients. We have helped hundreds of local people move away from the bulky CPAP machine. We have patients who travel for business regularly and they often say that this appliance has changed their lives forever.
Call Us for a Sleep Apnea Evaluation
If you want an alternative to the CPAP machine, call either our Ft. Lauderdale or Boca Raton offices. Dr. Betancur has treated hundreds of patients, allowing them to achieve a better quality of life through effective sleep apnea treatment. Our knowledgeable, friendly team looks forward to helping you get a great night’s sleep.
Dr. Betancur is an expert in all things related to Sleep Apnea. He recently spoke on the subject of Sleep Apnea and you can listen to his conversation below.
This patient had severe Sleep Apnea. She was not sleeping, and her quality of life was taking a nose dive. Dr Betancur made her a custom sleep appliance in our ... Read more
This patient was tired of sleeping with a large CPAP machine. His medical doctor suggested he see Dr Betancur in our Boca Raton office. A custom sleep appliance was made ... Read more