Treatment of sleep apnea

Sleep apnea can be treated both surgically and nonsurgically to ensure you have open airways and breathe correctly during sleep.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly. It is usually recognized by individuals who snore loudly or who still feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, but most commonly brought to the patient’s attention from a concerned bed partner. Sleep apnea can affect anyone, even children, and can lead to a variety of complications and problems, such as fatigue, high blood pressure, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, complications with medications and surgeries, and liver problems.

The main type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This occurs when there are more than 30 apneas (periods of not breathing) during a 7-hour sleep. In extreme cases, an apnea can last as long as 60 to 90 seconds and may recur up to 500 times in one night. This condition is serious and life-threatening, and the health risks of leaving it undiagnosed include heart attack, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and more.

Treatment for sleep apnea

Your condition can be mild, moderate, or severe. Sleep apnea is diagnosed through a polysomnogram, or sleep study, which can be ordered by your general physician. Oral surgeons treat sleep apnea that is moderate to severe, or when conservative treatments have failed to work. Our practice offers several treatment options to ensure you are sleeping healthily and soundly, including maxillomandibular advancement techniques and sleep appliance fabrication.

Maxillomandibular advancement treatment consists of your surgeon repositioning the bones of the upper and lower jaw to relieve airway obstruction. This procedure also suspends the pharyngeal airway muscles into an anterior position, which simultaneously increases soft tissue tension. This procedure is excellent for patients who are experiencing moderate to severe discomfort and negative health conditions related to sleep apnea and has a high success rate of eliminating the disrupting period of non-breathing during rest. In addition to treating the sleep apnea itself, many patients believe that their facial appearance is improved after maxillomandibular advancement surgery.

Beech & Reid Oral & Dental Implant Surgery also offers patients a sleep appliance fabrication treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. If your oral surgeon thinks this method of treatment is right for you and your sleep apnea, a custom-made oral appliance will be made for you to use while you sleep. This appliance will improve the quality of sleep and is considered an alternative for invasive surgery.

Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea

Our doctors and staff care about your health. If you are suffering from any combination of the following symptoms, we recommend setting up a consultation with Dr. Beech or Dr. Reid to create a personalized treatment plan:

  • Non-restorative sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty performing daytime duties
  • Disrupting the sleep of a bed partner
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Memory problems
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Chronic headaches

We make sure to discuss every detail with you about your procedure so that you are well informed and comfortable. Please contact our office to set up an appointment or to ask questions about treatment options. We are here to help you get the healthy, restful sleep that you deserve.