Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that can lead to complications such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. The cessation of breathing while sleeping, even for the briefest of moments, will prevent you from getting a good nights sleep, the reason for many mood disorders and drowsiness during the day. Some who suffer from sleep apnea don’t even know that they are experiencing it. Usually the initial diagnosis comes from a partner or family member. If you have this condition, you may or may not be able to solve it without sleep apnea surgery.
Non-surgical solutions to the problem include behaviour changes, diet and exercise, dental appliances, and medications. There is also another solution called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). When you go to see your health care provider about your condition, make sure you look at all of these possibilities before moving forward with a surgical solution. Should you require sleep apnea surgery, we are happy to perform the operation, but review all your options before you get to that point.
The causes of sleep apnea are similar to those that make you snore at night, so the surgical treatment options are also similar. In many cases, we do nasal airway surgery as a snoring treatment. The same procedure can eliminate sleep apnea, as can the tightening of loose tissue, a tongue reduction, or palate implants in some cases. You may even require maxillomandibular procedures such as jaw reconstruction to help you to breathe easier. Once we know what is obstructing your breathing process there are a number of procedures we can perform to correct the problem.
In years past many of these treatments were not available, so we are all lucky to live in an age where modern technology has made living with sleep apnea a temporary inconvenience and not a chronic problem with long term health effects. If one of your loved ones points out a breathing problem while you’re sleeping, or complains about excessive snoring, talk to your physician first and then schedule some time to see us. If you need a surgical solution, our office is where you want to come to have it done.