Sleep Apnea Treatment Las Vegas
Las Vegas sleep apnea treatment provides relief for a serious disorder that causes a person to stop breathing while they sleep. These interruptions in breathing last from 10 to 20 seconds at a time and can happen hundreds of times in the course of a night. The most common form of this disorder is called obstructive sleep apnea and it occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat blocks the airway during sleep.
Sleep apnea can leave a person feeling sluggish during the day, can lead to loss of concentration and productivity and makes them prone to falling asleep while they are engaged in things like watching TV, reading or even while driving. When breathing stops during sleep, oxygen is not able to get to the brain and this can lead to serious health issues such as strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and in very extreme cases, death.
Who Is At Risk Of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea affects people of all ages, but there are some factors that put people at higher risk of obtrusive sleep apnea including:
- Genetics – Family history increases a patient’s likelihood of developing sleep apnea.
- Weight – People who are overweight are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea.
- Gender – Women suffer from sleep apnea, but in far fewer numbers than men.
- Age – The risk of sleep apnea increases over the age of 60.
- Smoking – Smokers experience higher instances of sleep apnea than people who quit or who have never smoked.
Dental Treatment For Sleep Apnea
There are several ways to treat sleep apnea ranging from noisy air pumps and masks to surgery. But these extreme options aren’t for everyone, especially people who only have mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. Many of these patients have found relief in the use of dental devices. Dr. Khorshid can fit sleep apnea patients with a special dental appliance that repositions the lower jaw and/or the tongue to create space in the airway. This is the least invasive and often most affordable means to successfully treat obstructive sleep apnea and severe snoring.
Patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and who wish to explore dental treatments for their disorder can make an appointment with Dr. Khorshid to find out if they are a candidate for a dental appliance. Patients need to meet certain requirements in order to be fitted for a device and additional x-rays or impressions may need to be made before an appliance can be fitted.
Patients will be fitted with one of two types of appliances:
- Mandibular Advancement Device – The most common dental appliance used to treat sleep apnea, the MAD looks like a sports mouth guard. It forces the lower jaw forward to ensure the airway stays open.
- Tongue Retraining Device – A TRD keeps the tongue in place so that the airway stays open.
Once the patient has been fitted with a sleep apnea appliance, follow-up visits will be required in the first few weeks so that Dr. Khorshid can keep an eye on the fit and function of the appliance.
Benefits Of Dental Appliances To Treat Sleep Apnea
Patients who use an oral device to treat sleep apnea report the following benefits:
- Improved sleep.
- Reduction in frequency and volume of snoring.
- Improved airflow.
- Reduction in sleep interruption.
- Improved marital and family relationships due to improved sleep for both partners.