Types of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea in Las Vegas, NV with Dr. Christopher Lim
When Las Vegas, NV area patients have been diagnosed with conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea,
they may be told by their primary care physician that the best type of
treatment is using the CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is a bulky device
with a mask that is worn at night to help open up the airways and
maintain open airways while patients sleep. Unfortunately, many patients
do not comply with treatment because the mask is uncomfortable, and the
device is difficult to travel with. In situations such as this,
patients are urged to visit their dentist for a solution.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
It is best for patients to first understand
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Oral appliance therapy explained
The best way to explain oral appliance therapy is similar
to that of wearing a mouth guard. Mouth guards are sometimes used in
high impact sports to protect the teeth. However, an oral appliance for
obstructive sleep apnea works differently. It is used to hold down the
tongue, align the jaw, and keep the airways open while patients sleep to
ensure the condition does not impact their rest. For patients to feel
rejuvenated each morning, they need to reach the restorative levels of
sleep called REM. When patients have obstructive sleep apnea, they often
can’t reach this stage and wake up in the morning still feeling groggy
and tired. They may experience symptoms including:
- Daytime fatigue
- Poor memory and concentration
- Chronic snoring
An oral appliance can keep the airways open and help
patients reach REM sleep, avoiding the symptoms of obstructive sleep
apnea and in turn, improving the day-to-day quality of life for
Why choose oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea is
simple, easy, and comfortable. The oral appliance is worn when patients
sleep and is smooth and comfortable. The appliance can be easily cared
for and cleaned after each use and can be stored. It is easier to travel
with than a CPAP machine, making it great for patients routinely
on-the-go. Additionally, wearing the oral appliance is not embarrassing,
as CPAP machines can be for adult patients. Compliance with treatment
improves greatly when patients are given an option that does not involve
a noisy, bulky machine.
Who is a candidate for oral appliance therapy?
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea,
you could benefit from oral appliance therapy as an alternative
treatment. Once you have received a proper diagnosis from your primary
care physician, you are welcome to visit Dr. Christopher Lim of Hillside
Dental to find out if oral appliance therapy is appropriate for you.
You may be pleasantly surprised to find that there is an affordable,
effective, and comfortable alterative that can be used to treat a
condition that you once thought could only be addressed with the use of a
CPAP machine. It may be time to ditch your device and enjoy use of a
dental appliance instead!
Call Dr. Christopher Lim today to book an appointment
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and are unhappy with the CPAP treatment recommended by your primary physician, we recommend you connect with the team of Hillside Dental to determine if oral appliance therapy is right for you. We can assess your condition and make recommendations as to how to treat your condition to improve your overall quality of life. Contact Dr. Christopher Lim by calling 702-666-8584 to make an appointment at the dental office located at 6090 South Fort Apache Road, Suite 120 in Las Vegas, NV.