Sleep Apnea in Las Vegas, NV

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Dr. Martz: “Sleep Apnea can be a very serious condition with very dangerous consequences. It is usually under diagnosed and needs to be diagnosed very carefully. Depending on its severity, the treatment can vary. The most effective treatment is CPAP, however if the choice is nothing or an oral appliance; I definitely recommend a professionally made adjustable appliance like Somnomed.

How to Treat Sleep Apnea

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is the most recommended treatment for patients with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), however some patients not all patients are able to remain compliant due to reasons like claustrophobia, skin irritations with masks, and other reasons.

For patients like these, an alternative treatment depending on the severity of the OSA can be oral dental appliances.

Side effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Increase risk of diabetes
  • And even death.

Dental appliances are most effective for patients with mild or moderate OSA. These are patients who experience 5-30 interruptions in breathing per hour. Sleep apnea is a serious, sometimes fatal medical disorder that affects around 10% of American men over the age of 40, and 6% of American women of the same age.

Sleep apnea sufferers completely stop breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times in a single night. Normal breathing ceases because the airway becomes obstructed, causing a serious reduction of airflow to the lungs.

There are a number of dental devices that can be used to alleviate this condition. The goal of most of these devices is to separate the jaws and push them forward slightly. This slight repositioning opens up the airway and allows oxygen to flow freely again. Wearers of sleep apnea dental devices report that they stop loud snoring, feel more rested in the daytime, and are much more comfortable going to sleep. Sleep apnea appliances work best on patients who are not significantly overweight. They offer a viable alternative to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).

Sleep Apnea FAQ

Can a dental night guard stop my snoring and help with sleep apnea?
Dental night guards can be quite effective in managing snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. They work by repositioning the jaw or tongue, keeping the airway open during sleep. This reduces the likelihood of airway blockages that cause snoring and apnea episodes. However, their effectiveness varies from person to person, and they are most successful when custom-fitted by a dental professional.

Will I be able to comfortably use a dental night guard every night for my sleep apnea?
Comfort is a key factor in the success of dental night guards for sleep apnea treatment. Custom-fitted night guards, designed by dental professionals based on the specific anatomy of your mouth, tend to be more comfortable for long-term use. Most patients find them more tolerable than CPAP machines. It might take a short adjustment period, but they are generally well-received for nightly use.

How do I go about getting a dental night guard for my sleep apnea?
To get a dental night guard for sleep apnea, the first step is to consult with Dr. Ryan Martz at Gardens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. He will evaluate your condition to determine if a night guard is suitable. If it is, he'll take impressions of your teeth to create a custom-fitted guard. This personalized approach ensures comfort and effectiveness. Regular follow-up visits are important to adjust the guard as needed and to monitor your sleep apnea.

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