If you have sleep apnea, you may stop breathing hundreds of times during the night. Not only do you not get a good night of rest, your brain does not receive enough oxygen. Dental procedures for this sleep disorder are available with our general dentists in Las Vegas. Dr. Thomas Kintonis provide options to alleviate your sleep apnea and help you to breathe easier.
There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive and central. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) develops when the soft tissue of the throat collapses, obstructing the airway. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is due to a messaging failure between the brain and the muscles that control breathing. OSA is the most common type of sleep apnea.
Signs That You May Need Sleep Apnea Dental Procedures
• You suffer from insomnia at night.
• You find it difficult to stay awake during the day.
• You snore loudly and may make snorting sounds as if you are gasping for air while asleep.
• You awaken with a headache.
Dental Procedures for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea treatments range from lifestyle changes to surgery. Our general dentist in Las Vegas begins with simple lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation, weight loss, and changing your sleeping position. All of these nonmedical solutions have been known to lessen the effects of sleep apnea but do not work for everyone. Dental procedures may be suggested to ensure that the throat remains open and unblocked. These oral devices have been met with a great deal of success for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
For those with severe cases, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines render the greatest results. CPAP is a machine that provides continuous air to your throat, forcing it to stay open during sleep. The air is delivered by the machine through a mask worn on the face.
Schedule Your Consultation for Sleep Apnea Dental Procedures
If you are suffering from bouts of insomnia followed by daytime drowsiness, contact our office in Las Vegas, NV to schedule your consultation with Dr. Thomas Kintonis. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder and should not be ignored.