When you hear the words “sleep apnea,” you might think only of loud snoring. But did you know that untreated sleep apnea can cause a wide range of seemingly unrelated symptoms, including high blood pressure, headaches, and depression? Fortunately, treating sleep apnea is often easier than you might think.
At Drs. Chin & Pharar Dentistry, we are pleased to offer our Las Vegas patients a comprehensive range of convenient sleep apnea treatments. To learn more, please call 702-445-7075 to schedule an appointment in our Las Vegas office.
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which your breathing is repeatedly interrupted throughout the night. While certain forms of the disorder are related to signal transmission between the brain and the muscles that are responsible for breathing, the most common form is known as obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when the muscles of the throat relax more than they should and obstruct your air pathway.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SLEEP APNEA?
Although the most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring, the disorder can cause a wide range of symptoms. Sufferers of sleep apnea may experience any or all of the following:
- Loud snoring
- Daytime fatigue
- Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
- Waking up with a sore throat
- Waking up with dry mouth
- High blood pressure
HOW IS SLEEP APNEA TREATED?
While mild sleep apnea sometimes responds to simple lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, and losing weight, most forms of the disorder require other interventions. For years, the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment has been the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. In CPAP therapy, you sleep while wearing a mask, which is connected to a machine that supplies a continuous supply of elevated air pressure, which helps keep your airways open.
CPAP treatment is usually effective, but because the mask is uncomfortable and awkward, many patients who begin CPAP therapy don’t stick with it. Fortunately, a dentist who specializes in sleep apnea may be able to offer more convenient and comfortable relief. We have found that patients often respond well to treatment with an oral appliance worn at night to help with jaw alignment. Such appliances are similar to mouth guards worn by athletes but are much more specially designed to help you breathe better.
If you’re tired of being tired and ready to learn how effective sleep apnea treatment can restore your quality of life, it’s time to take the first step toward better health. Please contact Drs. Chin & Pharar Dentistry today at 702-445-7075 to make an appointment with our Las Vegas sleep apnea dentists.