Sleep Apnea

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About 22% of Americans live with obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that disrupts sleep quality. This often leads to severe health complications such as hypertension and heart disease. Luckily, the dental care team at Dee for Dentist in Las Vegas has the solution you need.

There’s no need to worry if your dentist diagnoses you with sleep apnea, relief is simple. Wearing a custom-fitted oral sleep appliance such as OptiSleep®, could limit your restless nights.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a severe sleeping disorder that disrupts your airways, leading to an involuntary pause in breathing. This frequently occurs throughout the night, leading to restless slumbers.

Who Is at Risk?

OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it can affect those of all ages. However, there are a handful of risk factors that can increase your likelihood. Such factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Above-average sized tonsils
  • Certain facial configurations such as small bottom jaw
  • Genetics

OSA Symptoms

Sleep apnea, in general, has many tell-tale signs. Even for those living alone, you'll likely notice symptoms soon after on-set. The symptoms typically include:

  • Snoring
  • Interrupted Sleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Morning headaches

Still, realizing your condition on your own can be difficult, which is why many don't notice. Eventually, obstructive sleep apnea symptoms can become more serious. For some, cases can profoundly impact their health. Therefore, it's best to see your doctor as soon as you suspect a problem.

Sleep apnea can lead to:

  • Increase of plaque build-up
  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Gingivitis

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

At Dee for Dentist, we treat all cases of sleep apnea by starting with a sleep study. We'll observe your vitals to determine if OSA is the culprit behind your symptoms. Upon positive diagnosis, we'll treat your sleep apnea with an oral appliance. We’ll form a personalized care plan for your needs to open your airways and restore your quality of sleep.

The next step to our process will be using the Galileos® system to scan your mouth digitally. After the scan is complete, your dentist will have the information needed to customize an OptiSleep® appliance for your mouth.

OptiSleep® is a two-piece oral sleep appliance that isn't entirely dissimilar to retainers. However, with this you can still open your mouth to drink while wearing your device. Our patients often remark on how comfortable and easy-to-wear it is.

You'll wear the OptiSleep® appliance nightly. The device holds your lower jaw forward while you sleep, preventing soft tissue from collapsing in your throat, keeping you snore-free.

Ready for Your Personalized Sleep Apnea Treatment?

Remember how a good night's sleep feels? Does your significant other complain about your snoring? At Dee for Dentist, we make it our personal goal to assist you no matter the dental concern. We'll care for you like we would a family member. Call us today to arrange your appointment.

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