Sleep apnea is a condition that causes momentary lapses in breathing during sleep. Usually, a partner first notices signs of sleep apnea, since the sufferer is sleeping when most of the major symptoms occur. Typically, people who think they may have sleep apnea see a sleep specialist for a professional diagnosis before seeking treatment. At our office in Amarillo, we can determine whether your sleep apnea is treatable with surgical or nonsurgical treatment.
Effects of Sleep Apnea
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 a few seconds to even minutes)
- Excessive sleepiness during the day
- Problems focusing on work or other activities
- Depression and mood swings
- Dry mouth
- A dry or sore throat upon waking
- Morning headaches
These symptoms can have serious effects if left untreated. Sleep apnea has also been associated with heart disease and other cardiac issues. Getting tested and treated for sleep apnea is crucial for your overall health and well-being.
Surgical Treatment for Sleep Apnea
At Amarillo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer surgical treatments for some cases of sleep apnea. While some sleep apnea cases can be controlled through lifestyle changes or the use of a CPAP machine, other cases require surgical intervention for successful treatment. There are multiple different types of sleep apnea, and the surgery that is right for your condition will depend on the exact cause of your sleep apnea.
Some procedures involve altering the shape of the soft palate, which is the soft tissue at the back of the throat. Sometimes tightening the soft palate can open the airway and prevent the blockages that occur during sleep apnea. In other cases, the position of the jaw prevents the airway from remaining open throughout the night, and corrective jaw surgery is necessary.
Treating Sleep Apnea in Amarillo, TX
If you need 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.