Patients who experience momentary lapses in breathing while they sleep have a condition called sleep apnea. Usually a partner first notices signs of sleep apnea since the sufferer is sleeping when most of the major symptoms occur. A sleep specialist can often identify a sleep apnea disorder and provide options for nonsurgical treatment, such as a CPAP device or nightly mouth guard. If the problem is too severe, a sleep specialist may refer the patient to an oral surgeon for a consultation and surgical treatment. At our offices in Tyler, TX, and Palestine, TX, Drs. Brian and Charles Stone can determine whether your sleep apnea is treatable with surgical intervention.
Sleep Apnea Effects
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can drastically affect a person’s quality of life. Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include
- Pauses in breathing during sleep (lasting from a few seconds to a few minutes)
- Excessive sleepiness during the day
- Problems focusing on work or other activities
- Depression and mood swings
- Dry mouth
- Dry or sore throat upon waking
- Morning headaches
Some other risk factors associated with sleep apnea are excess weight and drinking alcoholic beverages. Middle-aged and older male patients are more likely to have sleep apnea, but anyone can have the condition. If diagnosed, it is important to seek treatment for sleep apnea because of the condition’s association with heart disease, high cholesterol, and other problems. Getting tested and treated for sleep apnea is crucial for your overall health and well-being.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Through Oral Surgery
At Southern Surgical Arts, we offer surgical treatments for some cases of sleep apnea. While lifestyle changes or the use of a CPAP machine can control some cases of sleep apnea, other cases require surgical intervention for successful treatment. There are multiple types/causes of sleep apnea, and the surgery that is right for your condition will depend on the exact cause of your sleep apnea.
- UPPP, which stands for uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, is an alteration of the soft tissue around the back of the throat. Tightening or removing some of the soft palate or tissue around the throat can sometimes clear the airway and prevent the blockages in breathing during sleep. There are also other soft-tissue alterations that can alter the tongue or soft palate to help clear the airway.
- Jaw surgery sometimes helps open the airway. Repositioning the jaw to create more space for airflow can be very successful in treating sleep apnea. This procedure is more involved and is usually only considered in severe cases.
Sleep Apnea Surgery in Tyler, TX, in Palestine, TX
If you need surgical treatment for sleep apnea, one of our surgeons will perform a comprehensive oral exam to diagnose your condition and determine if surgery is right for you. Our oral surgeons use the most advanced surgical techniques to ensure your procedure is as efficient and comfortable as possible.