Start sleeping soundly and feeling your best with sleep apnea treatment in Las Vegas
Obstructive sleep apnea
is a common health issue that can negatively impact your overall health
and quality of life. It often goes undiagnosed because people are
unaware that they have the issue, yet millions of people are suffering
from the consequences of regularly getting poor quality sleep.
A variety of treatment methods are available for sleep apnea, but dental treatment is one of the most comfortable, non-invasive approaches. Dr. Christopher Lim at Hillside Dental in Las Vegas, NV can consult with you on whether this is a good option for you.
Overview and causes of sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea
occurs when your airway becomes blocked while you sleep. When this
happens, your breathing stops repeatedly throughout the night and your
blood oxygen levels drop, which means your brain and other vital organs
are not receiving enough oxygen. Sleep apnea episodes are also
frequently accompanied by snoring, body jerking, gasping, or temporarily
awakening. You may not be aware when this happens, but it can occur
many times per night—as much as 30 times per hour.
There are several causes and risk factors for sleep apnea. The most common cause for sleep apnea in adults is being overweight or obese. In this case, the soft tissues of the mouth typically close your airway while you sleep. Certain anatomical features such as a narrow throat or thick neck can also contribute to sleep apnea, and some diseases such as hypothyroidism, excessive growth hormone production, and allergies or congestion can also cause the condition.
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Health impact of sleep apnea
Aside from being tired and not feeling your best due to
insufficient high-quality sleep, sleep apnea can have severe, and
sometimes fatal, consequences for your health. Sleep apnea can increase
your risk of the following:
- Heart attacks, strokes, and atrial fibrillation
- Chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes
- Sudden death due to an irregular heartbeat due to lack of blood oxygen
- Depression and mood disorders
- Car crashes, falls and broken bones, and errors of judgement due to lack of sleep
Poor quality sleep can also impact your physical
appearance with effects such as puffy, dark circles under your eyes,
premature wrinkles, and bloodshot eyes. Without high quality sleep each
night, you may also suffer from the inability to focus on tasks,
moodiness or irritation, slow reflexes, and lack of mental clarity, or
Diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea
Fortunately, several treatment options exist for sleep
apnea. The first step to being treated is to see your dentist or doctor,
who will conduct an initial examination and ask you questions to
determine whether you might have it. Your dentist can refer you to a
doctor who can officially diagnose sleep apnea. You will likely need to
undergo a sleep study either at a sleep center or at home, where you
will have monitoring equipment that tracks your body movements, blood
oxygen levels, and other important data while you sleep.
CPAP machines have been used for quite some time to treat sleep apnea, but they rely on the use of a face mask connected to a loud machine to keep your airways open while you sleep, which is both uncomfortable and can negatively impact not only your own sleep but also your bed partner’s. As a result, many people fail to achieve good quality sleep with CPAP machines or give up on using them.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, dental treatment may be a good fit for you. Dental treatment is one of the most comfortable, least invasive options available for treating sleep apnea today. Instead of a bulky mask, dental treatment involves the use of a mouth guard that keeps your jaw in the optimal position for airflow while you sleep. The appliance is custom made for your individual mouth and ensures that your airways do not become obstructed.
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If you suspect that you have sleep apnea or have been diagnosed with it, take the steps today to start sleeping better, improving your health, and looking and feeling your best! Call Hillside Dental in Las Vegas, NV at 702-666-8584 to schedule your sleep apnea evaluation.