Sleep Apnea Poses Health Risks
If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, the effects of this dangerous condition often cause noticeable problems with your sleep and day-to-day life: loud snoring, chronic fatigue, loss of concentration, memory problems, and even systemic health complications like diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular problems. Sleep apnea – a condition in which your breathing stops and restarts many times while sleeping – can prevent your body from not getting enough oxygen. Characterized by repeated cessations in breathing during sleep, sleep apnea can cause your breathing to stop and start again in mild (5-15 events per hour) to severe (over 30 events per hour) sleep events.
Sleep apnea occurs when the tongue and soft tissues block the upper airway and halt airflow to the lungs. As oxygen levels decrease, the brain responds by partially waking the sleeper to resume airflow, which usually occurs with a loud gasp. These events can have serious and life-threatening consequences, some of which can be long-term. If you snore loudly or have other signs of this condition, J. Brian Jackson DMD, MD, and John Roberson, DMD have just the solution for you.
Benefits of Our Sleep Apnea Treatment
If sleep apnea treatment is needed, our oral and maxillofacial surgeons here at Midtown Oral & Facial Surgery have the training and expertise in sleep apnea treatment to resolve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Drs. Jackson and Roberson have pursued advanced and specialized education and surgical training and have extensive knowledge of your condition to provide the full range of sleep apnea treatments, including oral appliances, and jaw advancement surgery.
Since sleep apnea can create oral systemic conditions and affect the overall quality of life, we take great pride in treating your sleep apnea concerns gently and efficiently. We will assess the cause of your obstructive sleep apnea and if surgical sleep apnea treatment is necessary, will recommend the best solution for your situation.
Personalized Treatment for All Cases
While we encourage all patients to have a consultation with Drs. Jackson and Roberson to discuss symptoms and have a complete oral exam to properly diagnose, there are a few completely customized solutions to fit your sleep apnea case and lifestyle:
Sleep apnea treatment often begins with the most conservative treatments and therapies. This may include weight loss programs, CPAP machines, and oral appliances which help keep the tongue and tissues from blocking the upper airway during sleep. Many patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea find that these conservative options help reduce symptoms and improve their sleep.
Severe sleep apnea cases may need more advanced surgical treatment such as Orthogathic Surgery to bring the lower jaw forward. Known as maxillomandibular advancement surgery, this procedure moves the foundation of the face forward to enlarge the upper airway. This helps the airway be more resistant to pressure from soft tissue collapse to reduce obstruction during sleep. Orthognathic surgery could also include changing the shape of the airway completely, or repositioning of the tongue, depending on the specific treatment plan.