Sleep apnea is a serious condition that disrupts your breathing while you sleep. Although many people suffer from sleep apnea, the issue often goes undiagnosed and results in serious health issues later in life.
If you suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnea in the Las Vegas, Summerlin or Spring Valley areas, please contact Nevada Dental Esthetics today by completing the form on this page or calling 702-737-3553 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Jorge Paez.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This form of the condition occurs when your breathing stops due to blockage of your airway during slumber. This can be caused by the tongue and throat muscles relaxing too much during sleep or the size of the tonsils, uvula, neck and tongue. Even the position in which you sleep can be linked to the condition.
Left untreated, sleep apnea can present several risks for your long-term health, including:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Gastric reflux
- Periodontal (gum) disease
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Since sleep apnea occurs during slumber, many people don’t discuss the condition with their doctor simply because they aren’t aware of the symptoms. It is most often a partner who recognizes the symptoms because they are kept up at night by loud snoring or they notice lapses in their partner’s breathing. People who sleep alone are far less likely to catch the symptoms of sleep apnea and talk to their doctor.
Although snoring and interrupted breathing are key indicators of sleep apnea, there are other symptoms that can be used to determine if you are affected, including:
- Sore throat
- Dry mouth
- Waking up with a chocking feeling
- Chronic fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Daytime sleepiness
- Weight gain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Problems with short-term memory
- Decreased libido
A Comfortable CPAP Alternative
Severe cases of sleep apnea typically require the use of a continuous positive airway pressure machine, commonly referred to as a CPAP machine. Because these machines are so loud and cumbersome, most patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea prefer to use a CPAP alternative.
At Nevada Dental Esthetics, Dr. Paez is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and treats patients who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea through the use of a customized, acrylic oral appliance worn during slumber. This effective snoring treatment keeps your tongue in a healthy position while you sleep and is widely regarded as a comfortable, convenient CPAP alternative.
To learn more about sleep apnea and the snoring treatment available at Nevada Dental Esthetics, please contact us today online or at 702-737-3553 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paez. We welcome patients from Las Vegas, Summerlin and Spring Valley.