Las Vegas, NV area patients ask, “Can obstructive sleep apnea be cured?”
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of Americans. It can be the reason why many patients walk around feeling tired every day, deal with the effects of poor memory and concentration, and why they are at a higher risk for a variety of medical concerns. But can obstructive sleep apnea be cured?
Obstructive sleep apnea
First, it is important to understand this sleep-disordered breathing condition. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that causes blockage in the airway. When the airway is blocked, patients are unable to breathe. They jolt awake and the cycle of sleep starts all over again. This cycle happens hundreds of times a night for most patients. The obstruction can result from poor bite alignment, the tongue falling back in the mouth, or excess fat around the neck and throat.
Is there a cure?
There is no specific cure. However, the condition can be controlled. Many physicians, once they have diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea through a sleep study, will recommend a CPAP machine. However, these are large, cumbersome, and uncomfortable devices that many patients prefer not to deal with. Instead, Dr. Christopher Lim of Hillside Dental may suggest oral appliance therapy. This is the use of a plastic mouth guard at night that holds down the tongue and realigns the jaw for a clear airway all night long. This method is affordable and comfortable.
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If you reside in the Las Vegas, NV area, and have concerns regarding obstructive sleep apnea, now is the time to contact the team of Hillside Dental to make an appointment with Dr. Christopher Lim. He offers treatment of obstructive sleep apnea without the need for a CPAP machine. Contact him today by visiting 6090 South Fort Apache Road, Suite 120 or by calling 702-666-8584.