Why Do You Need Oral Surgery for Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is an interruption in breathing that takes place when a person sleep. Essentially, a person experiences a normal breathing interruption (an apnea), which can take a few seconds to a few minutes. Such frequent breathing interruptions during sleep can cause everyday exhaustion, cognitive confusion, and concentration and memory problems. You must contact oral surgery specialists of Oklahoma for sleep apnea treatment.

Types of Sleep Apnea

  • Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA) – Breathing interruptions are caused by physical airway blockage. This is the most frequent form of sleep apnea.
  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) – Breathing interruptions are caused by problems in the brain control center.
  • Mixed Sleep Apnea – The interruptions in respiration were caused by both OSA and CSA causes.

Individuals with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has sleep disorders and low levels of oxygen in the blood. The tongue is pressed against the back of the throat when obstructive sleep apnea occurs. This blocks the top airways and stops the airflow. When the brain’s oxygen level is low enough, the person partially wakes up, the pressure in the throat clears and the air flux begins again, normally with a loud gasp.

Repeated oxygenation cycles lead to extremely serious cardiovascular problems. Some individuals also suffer from excessive sleepiness, fatigue and loss of concentration during the day.

Some patients have less serious obstructions termed Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). In each case, people are affected by many of the same symptoms.

The first phase in recovery is to recognize the symptoms and seek proper care. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons of oral surgery specialists of Oklahoma offer treatment options and consultations.

MMA or Maxillomandibular Advancement

A most active sleep apnea operation involves the modification of the bone structure of the upper and lower jaw, to help adjust the mouth’s soft tissues, including the soft palate and tongue. It helps to prevent possible obstructions in the airways.

Soft Palate Surgery

Surgery of the soft palate in a number of cases triggers breathing interruptions. The operation for the soft palate can involve removing the soft palate portion or tightening the soft palate to avoid it falling into the airways.

Nasal Surgery

Sometimes a surgical revision of the nasal cavity and airways is ideal for an obstructive sleep apnea. In a number of cases, this will include solving issues with a deviated septum, boosting respiration and coping with a variety of other respiratory problems.

Right Option

The best form of oral procedure to treat your sleep apnea depends on the nature of your case and your general health and wellness. A combination of surgery and other treatments may be appropriate when the sleep apnea is severe.

We will certainly explore all solutions for surgical and non-surgical therapies for your sleep apnea in our clinical consultation.

Numerous treatment options are available. Initial treatment can consist of a CPAP nasal machine which supplies pressurized oxygen to a nasal mask in order to limit night obstruction. One of the choices for surgery is uvulo-palato-pharyngo-plasty in the backside of the palate as well as throat. There is another similar procedure is sometimes performed by laser support and is called uvulo-palato-plasty (LAUPP). In other cases, an RFS is used to tighten the soft palate. These procedures were normally carried out in the office under light IV sedation.

The upper and lower jaw bones can be repositioned, in more complex cases, to maximize the airway volume (orthognatal operation). This operation is performed in the hospital under general anesthesia and requires 1 to 2 days of hospital stay.

OSA is a very serious condition requiring care and care. Most major medical plans offer diagnostic and treatment coverage.

Contact Dr. Wooten for oral surgery specialists of Oklahoma.

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