Las Vegas dentist fits sleep apnea patients with device for more restful and healthier sleepPosted By Dr. Christopher Lim
Snoring is annoying and can cause sleep problems for a person and also for his or her partner. Sleep apnea is a condition that goes even further by impacting the ability of the sufferer to get restorative rest. A person with sleep apnea will be roused from sound sleep each night repeatedly due to periods in which breathing stops. Increased risks for health conditions include high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, among others. Dr. Christopher Lim of Hillside Dental encourages Las Vegas area residents to recognize the warning signs for obstructive sleep apnea, and, if applicable, have a professional sleep study for diagnosis. Conditions that may point to OSA include being told by household members that one regularly snores very loudly with occurrences of gasping to breathe. OSA sufferers may be aware of being excessively sleepy during the day, despite adequate periods of sleep, and may also have trouble concentrating and remembering things. Waking with a dry mouth or sore throat each day is another sign of sleep apnea.
Once a patient is diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, a practitioner may prescribe a CPAP device. While this treatment is effective, many patients find themselves failing to use it as they should because it is bulky and uncomfortable. As a sleep apnea dentist, Dr. Lim can fit a patient with a simple oral appliance as an alternative treatment for OSA. The oral appliance is custom ordered for a patient, and works very effectively for many to eliminate sleep apnea problems. The device works by repositioning the jaw during sleep, providing an open airway for undisturbed, restful sleep.
If you're going through the daily routine feeling less than rested, we encourage you to visit a professional to diagnose or rule out sleep apnea. Contact us if you have questions; we are always happy to help. If you do need treatment, allow Dr. Lim to design an appliance that can provide you with comfort and relief. With simple care, it can serve you well for many years. Contact the Hillside Dental staff to assist you in your quest for better sleep and better health.