Sleep Apnea/Snore Guards

Snoring and breathing pauses during sleep are caused by sleep apnea – a condition that narrows your air passages and can lead to serious, even life-threatening health conditions. However, these conditions can be diagnosed and risks to your health reduced with sleep apnea and snoring treatment. Our Las Vegas dentists offer advanced options to help patients expand their airways, breathe more smoothly and comfortably, and have a healthy and restful night’s sleep.

What is Sleep Apnea?

During sleep, muscles and soft tissues in the throat, tongue, and nasal air passages become very relaxed – in some cases, they are so relaxed that they make your airways dangerously narrow. This can result in breathing pauses of up to 10 seconds or more. Conditions such as these typically characterize sleep apnea. A very common problem throughout the world, sleep apnea is also attributed to snoring and teeth grinding during sleep. Headaches, exhaustion, heartburn, and other conditions may be byproducts of sleep apnea. Many people are completely unaware that they have sleep apnea unless they are observed by someone else. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, it is very important to seek the advice of a dental or medical professional as soon as possible.

What Are the Risks of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that can lead to severe consequences if left undiagnosed and untreated. Risks of sleep apnea include:

  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Memory loss
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Gastric reflux disease

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

There are many various signs and symptoms of sleep apnea that can be an indication of a serious problem. Some of the most common symptoms include: 

  • Gasping for air and/or a choking sensation during sleep 
  • Breathing pauses during sleep 
  • Severe snoring 
  • Abnormally loud breathing 
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth 
  • Waking up numerous times to visit the bathroom 
  • General restlessness and fatigue during waking hours 
  • Headache 
  • Moodiness
  • Trouble staying focused 

The above list is not all-inclusive, and many individuals who suffer from sleep apnea experience different symptoms. When recognizing one or more signs of sleep apnea, it is important to seek treatment as early as possible.

Why Is Snoring Associated with Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea typically results in the narrowing of oral and nasal airways while sleeping. This narrowing of muscles and tissue likely produces lapses in consistent air flow, which can not only cause many individuals to experience extended breathing pauses, but can also cause snoring through vibrations among soft tissue at the back of the throat. This is why particularly severe and loud snoring is often an indication of sleep apnea. 

What Are the Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment?

Sleep apnea treatment from True Dentistry can effectively reduce the effects of sleep apnea for many patients. Treatment options such as nightguards and oral appliances (described below) can help maintain a healthier flow of air through breathing passages, which can result in improved breathing, less snoring, and better sleep patterns. These treatments can also minimize serious general health risks posed by sleep apnea. Ultimately, treatment for sleep apnea can have significantly positive effects on one’s sleep, overall health, and day-to-day life.

Who Is a Candidate for Sleep Apnea Treatment? 

Candidates for sleep apnea treatment are individuals who are experiencing signs and symptoms of the condition and have been given an official diagnosis of sleep apnea. Our dentist will talk with you about the available treatment options and determine an appropriate solution for your needs. Sleep apnea treatments are customized based on the most ideal option for each patient. 

What Are the Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea?

Some of the most effective treatment options for sleep apnea and snoring are customized oral appliances designed to improve breathing while you sleep. Nightguards and snoreguards can open your air passages to help you maintain a good flow of air, reducing snoring and breathing pauses for a healthier, more peaceful night’s sleep. Nightguards can also prevent your teeth from clenching and grinding against each other, ultimately reducing wear and tear. Dr. Willardsen will be happy to meet with you to talk about your symptoms and come up with a treatment plan that can help you meet your needs.
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For more information on the risks, symptoms, and treatment options for sleep apnea and snoring, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Willardsen, please contact True Dentistry today.

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