Sleep Apnea Treatment in Henderson, NV
Reclaim Quality Rest With Personalized Sleep Apnea Treatment
Nearly 20 million Americans struggle with sleep apnea. At Green Valley Dental Center, Dr. Leeor Dadion-Harris offers safe and effective sleep apnea treatment to help patients return to restful nights and wakeful days.
An obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis must be made by a medical doctor or sleep physician (pulmonologist) specially trained in dental sleep medicine. Our Henderson, NV dentist can refer you to a specialist and provide treatment suited to your needs. Read on to learn more about your treatment options.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a type of breathing disorder condition characterized by multiple brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. There are three basic types of sleep apnea:
- Central sleep apnea is when the upper airway is open, but no oxygen gets into the system. This type of sleep apnea typically occurs because the patient isn’t getting a chemical response from the brain to stimulate the lungs and the diaphragm to assist with breathing.
- Obstructive sleep apnea is when the lungs and the diaphragm are functioning normally, but no oxygen enters the system because there is an obstruction in the upper airway.
- Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
One of the main signs of sleep apnea is frequent loud snoring, and about 37 million Americans snore regularly. Snoring isn’t always an indicator of sleep apnea and may be harmless. Your snoring may indicate a pressing problem if you also experience:
- Daytime drowsiness and fatigue
- Dry mouth
- Clouded memory
- Frequent daytime headaches/ migraines
Children can also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Often, their airway is blocked due to enlarged adenoids, tonsils, or swollen nasal mucosa. Clinical signs would indicate:
- A turned-up nose
- Allergic shiners under the eyes
- Mucus draining out of the nose, mouth breathing
- Nasally sound to the voice
Other signs may include bed-wetting, daytime irritability, difficulty concentrating at school, and hyperactivity. If you notice any of these symptoms in you, your child, or your partner, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dadon-Harris today by calling our Henderson office at (702) 896-8933.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Dadon-Harris for sleep apnea, she’ll begin by reviewing your medical history and performing a physical exam. Sleep apnea can present itself in physical symptoms like dry mouth and jaw tightening. Our dentist may refer you to a sleep specialist for a sleep test if she suspects you have a sleep disorder. Once she has an accurate diagnosis, she can prescribe a personalized treatment.
Our Sleep Apnea Treatments
The American Sleep Disorder Association (ASDA) endorses oral appliance therapy as the third most currently acceptable treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. The two most common solutions include continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) therapy or Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, the removal of either the excess palatal tissue or the uvula.
The type of treatment you receive depends on your specific needs. Dr. Dadon-Harris will work with your primary doctor or sleep specialist to determine which treatment will be most effective for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Unfortunately, sleep apnea typically doesn’t resolve on its own. If left untreated, this sleep disorder will only progress in severity as time goes by. It’s crucial to seek treatment for sleep apnea as soon as possible to prevent worsening symptoms and other health risks.
Obstructive sleep apnea can be life-threatening if left untreated. Complications that may arise from untreated sleep disorders include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses
- Metabolic syndrome
- Liver problems
If you have or suspect you have sleep apnea, don’t wait to seek the treatment you need, as symptoms can worsen if not promptly treated by a sleep specialist. Instead, schedule a consultation to meet with our dentist by calling (702) 896-8933 and take the first step towards recovery.
Treatment for sleep apnea depends on the patient’s needs. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to sleep disorders. Your sleep specialist and Dr. Dadon-Harris will decide which treatment best suits your needs by reviewing information from your physical exam, sleep test, and medical history.
Several factors contribute to the development of sleep apnea, including:
- Neck circumference
- Narrowed airway
- Alcohol and tobacco usage
- Nasal congestion
- Certain medical conditions (diabetes, lung disease, high blood pressure, etc.)
If any of these apply to you, you may be at a heightened risk of sleep disorders. Consult with our dentist in Henderson to learn what solutions are available for treatment.
Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Rob You of Your Rest Any Longer
Sleep apnea can significantly impact your ability to get the rest you need for a productive, enjoyable day and a long, healthy life. Dr. Dadon-Harris of Green Valley Dental Center can help you achieve a good night’s rest again. We’ve helped countless patients in Paradise, Winchester, and Boulder City reduce or eliminate their sleep apnea symptoms.
Discover how our dental team can help you tackle your sleep apnea symptoms by scheduling your initial consultation today. Contact our Henderson, NV office at (702) 896-8933 or fill out our online contact form for more information.