Sleep Apnea / Snoring Therapy
Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition that affects an estimated 12 to 20 million Americans. Symptoms include daytime drowsiness, inability to concentrate and irritability. Left untreated, sleep apnea can negatively impact cardiovascular function and may contribute to heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Snoring often accompanies sleep apnea.
Causes of Sleep Apnea & Snoring
A variety of factors contribute to sleep apnea, including narrowed airway passages, tissues that relax and collapse in on each other and the tongue falling back to block the throat.
An apnea episode occurs when airflow stops for a period of 10 seconds or longer. (These episodes may occur hundreds of time during a single night.) The brain senses a lack of oxygen and triggers the body to wake up and breathe. Sleep apnea suffers may awaken entirely after an episode, or they may simply enter a lighter sleep stage. Either way, restorative sleep is disrupted.
Snoring occurs when tissues vibrate as air is forced through blocked passageways.
The doctor will conduct a thorough examination, including a cephalometric analysis (a skull x-ray) and a naso-pharyngeal exam to determine what treatments may be beneficial for you. A sleep study is required to confirm the diagnosis of sleep apnea.
- Removal of a small part of the palate
- Reducing nasal airway resistance
- Repositioning of the upper and lower jaw to increase airway size
The doctors perform this type of oral surgery to resolve sleep apnea and snoring in our fully-accredited, hospital-grade surgical suite. You’ll be cared for by an experienced, compassionate team dedicated to improve your well-being and deliver an outstanding experience.
From jaw surgery to sleep apnea, experience exemplary service and world-class care at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sherry or Dr. Wallace at our Plano or Dallas office.