Sleep Apnea Treatment in Fort Myers, FL

Do you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea? We offer comfortable, effective treatment for patients who suffer mild to moderate sleep apnea using state-of-the-art laser therapy and custom-designed oral appliances.

Traditionally, sleep apnea has been treated by the use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), a machine that streams air into the nose or nose and mouth via a mask. Because patients may find CPAP machines uncomfortable, we offer a selection of advanced treatments to provide non-invasive care for our patients.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a physical condition identified as long, continual pauses in breathing during sleep. The pauses in the breath are a reaction to the muscles relaxing during sleep and gravity pulling the airways closed, diminishing both restful sleep and necessary oxygen. Sleep apnea is known to contribute to more serious health conditions including headaches, hypertension, memory loss, mood change, weight gain, and severe fatigue.

What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea?

Patients who suffer from sleep apnea regularly complain of:

  • Heavy Snoring
  • Dry Throat
  • Periodic Loss Of Breath While Sleeping
  • Struggling To Breathe While Sleeping
  • Constant Fatigue And Lack Of Energy
  • Irritability & Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Weight Gain

Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, 22 million people have sleep apnea in the United States alone. If you have been diagnosed with, or suspect that you have this condition, you could be at a higher risk for:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Depression
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Diabetes
  • Worsening ADHD

Advanced Treatments for Sleep Apnea 

If Dr. Reyes-Viruet suspects that you may have sleep apnea, our team will coordinate treatment with a sleep specialist to ensure you get the treatment you need! If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you will likely be provided with either a custom-crafted oral appliance or advanced laser therapy.

At Viruet Periodontics, Dr. Reyes-Viruet offers comfortable, effective treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea using either laser therapy or a specially designed oral appliance. After completing a sleep apnea consultation, patients are given a home sleep study device. Dr. Reyes-Viruet will send the information to a physician for diagnosis, then plan the appropriate treatment.

If appropriate, Dr. Reyes-Viruet can use a laser to treat the throat by stimulating collagen production, which aids in tightening the throat tissue and opening up the airway. Our doctor can also use this laser procedure to treat patients for snoring.

If the patient is not a candidate for laser therapy, our team will craft a custom oral appliance for their treatment. The appliance is designed to be worn at night and works by sliding the lower jaw forward to open up the airway. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliance therapy as a proven and reliable alternative to the CPAP for mild to moderate sleep apnea.

No matter which treatment method suits you best, our skilled team will be there for you every step of the way!

Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Screening With Viruet Periodontics Today 

Don't let sleep apnea get in the way of your quality of life or health! The team at Viruet Periodontics is here to provide effective, comfortable treatments designed to keep your symptoms at bay. Call our office today to schedule your sleep apnea screening!

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