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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sleeping Apnea or Sleep Apnea Disease is a sleep disorder that affects your breathing while you sleep. The walls of your throat relax and narrow, blocking your breath. Your chest needs to work harder to pull air into the lungs. This triggers a gasping or snorting to catch your breath. You can suffer from several of these episodes a night. OSA usually develops in men between the ages of 30 and 60. We have an alternative to cpap for sleep apnea.

There are many surgical options for the treatment of sleep apnea for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. Often it takes a combination of procedures to achieve success. While positive airway pressure therapy is the first line of treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea, patient compliance represents a clear problem. Studies have shown that even in compliant patients, the actual usage of CPAP is only approximately 50 percent of the time. For the noncompliant, surgery for sleep apnea may be a feasible alternative. While there are many surgical options, surgery should be tailored to the area of obstruction in each patient.

Some of the symptoms of Sleep Apnea include:

• Daytime fatigue

• Dry mouth when you wake up (from breathing through your mouth)

• Headaches

• Night sweats or restless sleep

• Trouble concentrating during the day

If you share the bed with someone, they will notice these symptoms before you do. Please listen to them – you are affecting their sleep as much as yours!

There are several options available to treat sleep apnea.

• Even losing 10% of your current weight will help. This is difficult, but consult your physician about a weight loss program that will work for you. Your general practitioner is there to help you – ask them.

• Avoid alcohol and sleeping pills. This affects your sleep, your weight and will also add to your sleep apnea.

• Sleep on your side. Turn on your side to see if this makes a difference. If it does, you’re in luck. Exercise before this problem worsens.

• Go for a sleep test and get a CPAP machine. This machine forces air into the nose or mouth and keeps the airway open during sleep. No more snoring – and everyone can look forward to a quiet night’s sleep.

If you have tried just about anything and you just can’t seem to stop your apnea, or if you have struggled with it for quite some time, then you may want to consider surgery. Surgery is applicable to those with a deviated septum, problems with their tonsils or adenoids, or jaw issues that interrupt the air flow to your lungs.

If you think that you need to see a specialist about your sleep apnea, please get in touch with us today. We can arrange a free consultation with you and we would be more than happy to talk with you about the problems you are experiencing. You’ll be glad you did!

Dr. Dittel has performed more than 500 mandibular advancement procedures

If you want to know more of surgical options for sleep apnea treatment for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy, please read this article written by Dr. Dittel