Snoring may indicate the need for sleep apnea treatment in Las Vegas
Snoring is common, with most of us making this noise when we sleep from time to time. Most often, snoring is primarily a nuisance. For some people, however, snoring is a sign of a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that can have a significant effect on health and wellbeing.
Snoring occurs when the flow of air is partially blocked. This obstruction causes the body to work harder to breathe and when air pushes past soft tissues, vibration to occur. The vibration of tissue makes the telltale snoring sound. We may snore for a number of reasons, such as swelling due to allergies or weak muscles in the throat.
Obstructive sleep apnea
There is a key difference between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. When we snore, we make noise because air is moving, although with difficulty. When sleep apnea occurs, there is a pause in the flow of air due to total obstruction. Breathing actually stops for several seconds at a time.
The connection between snoring and sleep apnea
Because the person who has obstructive sleep apnea will snore, it is possible to think that snoring is the primary problem. Often, apnea episodes are preceded by very loud snoring. It is not the loud snoring where the danger lies, but in the moments of silence. This is because silence means breathing has stopped. The fact that hundreds of episodes may occur every night is very concerning, which is why an accurate diagnosis for obstructive sleep apnea is so important.
Sleep apnea solutions in our Las Vegas practice
Sleep apnea can very quickly cause a number of alarming side effects, such as persistent irritability and an increased risk of accidents. Diagnosis is necessary in order for proper treatment to begin. At Hillside Dental in Las Vegas, Dr. Lim provides comfortable, effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea that consists of a small oral appliance.
Oral appliance therapy has helped thousands of sleep apnea patients regain control over their quality of sleep and their quality of life. This non-invasive treatment may be used alone or as a part of a comprehensive health plan that involves lifestyle modifications as well. Worn nightly, the custom designed appliance positions the tongue and the jaw properly to prevent the blockage of airflow as muscles relax.
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With years of training and experience, Dr. Lim can help you manage obstructive sleep apnea. Call Hillside Dental at 702-666-8584 to learn more about oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.