Sleep Apnea

Is snoring affecting your life?

Imagine falling deep asleep to the sound of your partner’s breathing. Now picture, right as you hit REM sleep, you get jostled awake because your partner can’t sleep to the sound of your snoring. Snoring can ruin not only the quality of your and your partner’s sleep, but also the quality of your life and health. There is a possibility that you are one of millions of Americans that suffer from sleep apnea, and may not even realize it.

What is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common and dangerous sleep disorder that is largely undiagnosed because symptoms are mostly present during your sleep cycle. Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the back of your throat collapse during sleep, obstructing the airway, which makes it difficult to breathe properly.

What are the symptoms?

Sleep apnea occurs during sleep, and is often why most American’s are under-diagnosed. Look for these signs if you are unsure:

  • Loud frequent snoring
  • Choking or gasping for air
  • Breathing disruptions
  • Frequent sleep disruptions
  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue
  • Chronic dry mouth or throat
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Depression, irritability, mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia, nightmares

Aside from snoring, how does this impact you?

Sleep disruption and snoring aren’t that big of a deal, right? If waking up regularly from sleep and being in constant conflict with your partner is normal, you might have a bigger issue on your hands than just losing sleep night after night. Sleep is the time when your body is able to repair itself from a long day’s work—and if you are never able to fully fall asleep, your health will start to deteriorate. Sleep apnea not only affects the quality of sleep and your life, but also drastically increases your risk for developing systemic diseases including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you have noticed your lack of sleep lately, and you would like to regain that healthy and desirable sleep that most American’s crave, we would love to speak with you about treating your sleep apnea today. At Shah-Velilla DDS, we’re proud to offer a non-invasive, non-surgical, affordable, and convenient alternative to traditional CPAP machine treatment.

The first step towards sleep apnea treatment with your Las Vegas dentist requires fitting you for a custom oral appliance that you wear like a mouth guard during sleep. This guard gently shifts the bottom jaw forward to prevent the airway from collapsing— making breathing comfortable throughout the entire night!

Oral appliance therapy can give you back the sleep you deserve, and the smile that accompanies a certain confidence in your oral and overall health – and a good night’s sleep!

Here at Shah-Velilla DDS we want to treat you to personal care and a spectacular smile, so make sure to treat yourself to an appointment with us today! Call (248) 427-9003 to schedule.

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