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A dentist in Las Vegas can help if you have symptoms of sleep apnea

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Do you find yourself waking up suddenly at night? Do you wake up in the morning with frequent headaches and feel exhausted throughout the day? If so, it is possible that you suffer from a common sleep disorder known as sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is often mistaken for snoring and ignored by most people, but when sleep apnea can negatively affect your life in many ways, it is best to get a diagnosis and seek treatment. Since sleep apnea only occurs while you are sleeping, it is very difficult to self-diagnose or know you have a problem. The best way to get a diagnosis is to go to a doctor for a sleep study, but here are some signs that you might want to visit a specialist to find out if you have sleep apnea:
  • Disruptive snoring
  • Snoring or breathing pauses and is followed by gasping during the night
  • Waking up with headaches or a dry mouth
  • Feeling tired no matter how much sleep you get
  • Mood problems such as irritability and depression
  • Difficulty concentrating and memory loss
If these symptoms sound familiar to you, you should consider seeing a doctor for a sleep apnea diagnosis. Sleep apnea is a disruptive sleep disorder that is caused by an interruption in breathing during sleep. This interruption is most commonly the result of an obstruction in the airway caused by the collapse of soft tissues in the throat. This means that treatment of sleep apnea involves some way of keeping the patient’s airway open throughout the night. Many doctors suggest h the use of a complicated CPAP machine that sends sustained air pressure through the airway during the night.

Thankfully, in many cases, this uncomfortable treatment is not necessary; a dental appliance can effectively treat sleep apnea. A dental appliance can simply be worn much like a mouth guard throughout the night to keep your airway from being obstructed. If you have any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, stop by our office in Las Vegas to find out how we can help you to get a diagnosis and treatment for this problem.