Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by interrupted breathing while sleeping, and it can have a serious impact on your overall health. There are a variety of treatments available for sleep apnea, ranging from oral appliance therapy and CPAP devices to the oral surgery procedures performed by one of our talented oral surgeons. Contact us today to learn more about our surgical treatments for sleep apnea, and to schedule your consultation with our experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to your oral and maxillofacial surgeon, as well as your doctor if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Extreme drowsiness during the day
- Personality changes and irritability
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
- Frequent morning headaches
What Sleep Apnea Treatment is Right for Me?
Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon may recommend an oral appliance. The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!