What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person’s breathing stops and restarts repeatedly during the night, breaking up the sleep cycle and causing other negative effects. Symptoms of sleep apnea include grogginess during the day, teeth grinding, loud snoring at night, and restless, broken sleep. Most people with sleep apnea have a physical blockage in the upper airway. This type of sleep apnea is known as OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). During sleep, the muscles at the back of the throat relax, allowing nearby tissues to block the airway.

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Common Symptoms Associated with Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common example that illustrates the way oral health issues can ripple outward, causing problems in other areas of your day-to-day life. 

As we worked on treating guests with sleep apnea in Jacksonville, we eventually noticed several common symptoms that reoccurred, all of which can be attributed to lack of sleep or sleep apnea:

  • Hypertension
  • Heart attacks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Gastric reflux

Going Above and Beyond the CPAP Machine

Many guests are given a CPAP machine to treat their sleep apnea, but these appliances aren’t for everyone—especially guests who suffer from severe OSA, where the CPAP is the gold standard. When working with our guests’ physicians as a team, we can collectively help determine what is best for each individual, tailoring your treatment to the specifics of your case. 

These decisions are achieved through home sleep testing with devices like the MEDIBYTE, which provides information on breathing and sleep patterns, and/or through studies conducted at conventional sleep centers. Thoroughly gathering information helps us decide whether or not you might be suited to a sleep apnea treatment like an oral appliance or change in diet.

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Sleep Apnea and Your Conservative Health

After noticing the correlation between sleep apnea and further health issues several times over, we began researching dental appliances as an alternative to the popular CPAP machine that is typically used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). For some individuals who cannot tolerate the CPAP machine, an oral appliance may provide treatment for their condition. In addition, these appliances can also be designed to serve as orthotics that can help treat TMJ disorders.

If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, and are interested in learning how addressing it can relieve a number of other issues that might be plaguing you, the Admira dental team is here to help. Simply reach out and set up your appointment to begin treating your sleep apnea in Jacksonville.

Why Good Sleep Matters

Breathing is vital to our survival. So is uninterrupted sleep, which is a time during which your body has the vital opportunity to rest, repair, and renew itself. All the same, many individuals are experiencing sleep interruptions throughout the night...and may be doing so without even being aware of them! 

Signs of Poor Sleep

Common signs and symptoms of poor sleep include difficulties with memory and concentration, constant excessive tiredness, slow metabolism, a lack of energy, and mood swings. If you’ve been experiencing any of these issues and aren’t sure why, we recommend setting up a consultation at our Jacksonville office.

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Developing Your Sleep Apnea Treatment

Depending on the diagnosis, your sleep apnea treatment may be as simple as a change in diet. If we determine that you would better benefit from the help of a specially designed oral appliance that prevents airway blockage, we’ll create one for you.

The professional team here at Admira is ready to help you decide which sleep device, TMJ treatment or combination of treatments will work best for you. We’ll get to the root of your sleep issues and enable you to once again enjoy a full quality of life.

When you’re ready to learn more about what the Admira team can do for you, a member of our helpful team is standing by and ready to help you get started on your journey. Simply reach out to our Jacksonville office and set up your consultation today!

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Why choose us?


At Admira Dentistry, we provide next-generation technology to address sleep apnea in a patient-centric, cutting-edge, and understanding environment. From the first moment of your consultation, you are treated with the highest level of care and expertise.

We customize your sleep apnea treatments to your exact needs, working closely with you to enable you to get a good night of solid sleep again. Our goal is to improve your overall health by resolving your sleep apnea successfully, using the most effective, modern appliances and tools available. 

Our boutique practice is designed with relaxation and comfort in mind, helping you to feel at ease during your consultation and treatment. We are dedicated to your needs, overall health, and quality of sleep. If you would like to learn more about what we can do to treat your sleep apnea in Jacksonville, please call today to set up your consultation.

Sleep Apnea FAQ

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Can sleep apnea be cured?

What foods make sleep apnea worse?

What is the best sleep position for people with sleep apnea?

How can I check if I have sleep apnea?

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

We will begin by taking X-rays of your mouth and neck. X-rays may show the tissues in the throat are large or that there is some blockage in the airway. A hands-on examination may also help to determine what could be obstructing breathing. Further testing, such as a sleep study, may be recommended.

Can sleep apnea be cured?

There is no “cure” for sleep apnea, which is a chronic condition. However, there are modern treatments and a range of lifestyle changes that can effectively reduce the symptoms.

What foods make sleep apnea worse?

There are a number of foods that can make sleep apnea worse, including fatty meats, bananas, and high-fat dairy products. Alcohol, sleeping pills, antihistamines, anti-depressants, and other medications can also worsen sleep apnea.

What is the best sleep position for people with sleep apnea?

Sleep on your side or stomach to help keep your airways open. It can also be beneficial to airway flow to sleep with your head elevated, as upright as possible. Use a wedge-shaped foam pillow to help keep your head elevated and the airways more open instead of a softer, more squishy material.

How can I check if I have sleep apnea?

It can be difficult to check yourself for sleep apnea. A partner may be able to notice this and alert you. You can also use an at-home sleep apnea test to monitor your breathing. To be certain, you should see your dentist or doctor to have your throat and airways checked or have a sleep study performed.

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