Sleep Apnea

Inspired Dental
Las Vegas Dentist

Sleep Apnea

Inspired Dental
Las Vegas Dentist

Sleep Apnea

A dentist can help me get better sleep?

Dr. Pham and Dr. Marquez are trained to screen and treat sleep-related breathing disorders like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with oral appliance therapy (OAT). OAT offers a portable, convenient and comfortable alternative to bulky CPAP masks or invasive surgery.

Custom oral appliances prescribed by a physician and created by a trained dentist are an FDA-approved treatment for mild to moderate OSA and an alternate treatment for CPAP-intolerant or non-compliant cases. Many find that oral appliances are preferable compared to CPAP, with use rates objectively measured at 83%. Oral appliances have been shown to be as effective as CPAP on many real-world measures like daytime sleepiness, cognitive performance, and high blood pressure.

The process includes:

  • In-home sleep testing
  • Dentist takes impressions for oral appliance
  • Custom appliance is made and fitted to the patient
  • Follow up in-home sleep test
  • Ongoing treatment with regular cleanings

Do not mistake OAT with a drugstore snore guard, which is not FDA cleared for treating OSA. Attempting to treat OSA with an unapproved device and not under the care of a trained professional could exacerbate the condition leading to potentially serious complications.

  • Oral appliances are custom made to fit the patient’s teeth and jaw
  • Portable for easy and convenient travel
  • No dry or itchy respiratory symptoms like those often associated with CPAP
  • Unlike CPAP, oral appliances are silent and will not disrupt partner’s sleep
  • Oral appliance therapy is less expensive and more convenient than both CPAP and surgery