sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea

sleep apneaSummerlin, Las Vegas, and Henderson Nevada

We all know how important it is to receive the proper amount of sleep. Getting good sleep allows the mind and body to restore and heal. Any disruption to your sleep cycle can be harmful to your health, and certain disruptions such as sleep apnea can even place your life at risk!

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is one of the most serious forms of a sleep breathing disorder. Sleep disorders refers to any condition where the airway becomes blocked or breathing is interrupted while a person sleeps. For patients with sleep apnea, these issues often result because of a collapse of soft tissue that blocks the airway, resulting in loud snoring or gasping for air while sleeping.

These blockages can be partial or complete, which restricts airflow ENTIRELY for a short amount of time. Whenever one of these blockages happens, the brain signals to the body that it is not getting enough air, and causes slight awakenings throughout the night. The problem is that sleep apnea episodes break the REM sleep cycle. The REM sleep cycle is known to promote rest and rejuvenation. A person with an advanced case of sleep apnea may experience these sleep apnea episodes up to hundreds of times or more per night, each time disrupting the sleep cycle. As a result, is it any wonder that chronic fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea?

Other symptoms of sleep apnea include the following:

  • Snoring
  • Problems concentrating
  • Memory issues
  • Mood swings or being irritable
  • Loss of libido
  • Weight gain
  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dry mouth upon waking up in the morning

It is important to note that if you experience any of the symptoms associated with sleep apnea, that you should visit Las Vegas sleep apnea dentist Dr. Matthew Wilson as soon as possible. Sleep apnea will not go away without treatment and poses serious health consequences if ignored.

Health consequences of untreated sleep apnea

As with many disorders, sleep apnea poses both short and long-term health risks. One of these is constant fatigue which can increase the risks of being involved in an accident. Sleep apnea not only affects just you but those around you as well!

Long-term consequences of sleep apnea can have a profound negative effect on overall health.

Continuing to live with the disorder and poor quality of sleep increases your risk factor of the following chronic and even life-threatening conditions:

  • Cardiac disease
  • Stroke or high blood pressure
  • Cognitive decline
  • Depression
  • Diabetes

Dr. Wilson, a sleep apnea dentist in Summerlin, has additional experience and training to diagnose and treat a sleep breathing disorder by addressing the cause: the airway issue itself. Using an airway evaluation, Dr. Wilson can determine if a patient suffers from sleep apnea. He can treat the disorder through oral appliance therapy. These appliances, when worn, put the lower jaw in the ideal forward resting position helping to maintain an open airway throughout sleep.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Summerlin

To learn more about sleep apnea, its causes or treatment, contact our office by calling (702) 331-4700 to schedule a consultation.

Inspire Dental of Summerlin welcomes patients of Henderson, Las Vegas, and Summerlin, Nevada.