Understanding the health risks of sleep apnea and the benefits of sleep apnea dental appliances in Las VegasPosted By Dr. Christopher Lim
In Las Vegas, patients who are seeking quality care for their smile may visit a general dentist such as Dr. Christopher Lim. However, at Hillside Dental, we don’t just stop there. We also provide a wide variety of services in our practice including the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea without a CPAP machine, instead using dental appliances.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?Dr. Christopher Lim describes obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, as a sleeping disorder that affects the airway. The condition is caused by a blockage, which can be excess fat in the neck area or the tongue falling back into the throat. When the airways are blocked, patients wake up. The cycle can happen hundreds of times in one night, and result in patients being unable to get a restful night’s sleep.
What are the health risks of obstructive sleep apnea?
Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Inability to stay asleep
- Daytime fatigue
- Dry mouth in the mornings
- Poor concentration and memory
How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed?
Dr. Christopher Lim does not provide a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea – only effective treatment options. However, patients who exhibit the signs and symptoms of this condition are urged to visit their primary care physician. This doctor may refer the patient to a sleep specialist, who can schedule patients for a sleep study. This is typically done in a sleep clinic, during which patients spend the night and are monitored throughout the night. This is often the best way to get a proper diagnosis. Once a diagnosis has been made, patients are often advised to use a CPAP machine. This machine is cumbersome and uncomfortable for some individuals. This causes many patients who have been diagnosed and given a CPAP machine to fail with compliance, putting themselves back at risk for serious medical conditions.
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Why choose oral appliance therapy?
Instead of dealing with a CPAP machine, patients are often excited to learn that they can speak to Dr. Christopher Lim and the team at Hillside Dental to decide if oral appliance therapy is right for them. Oral appliance therapy is often considered as an alternative, as it is effective, but much more comfortable and discreet. The oral appliance is like a specialized mouth guard that positions the jaw, holds down the tongue, and keeps the airway open throughout the night. This allows patients to achieve a great night’s sleep, so they can feel well-rested and at their best the following day! Oral appliances are small, affordable, and comfortable to wear, making them an excellent choice for many of our patients. The oral appliances available at our practice are custom-made to ensure optimum fit and function.