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Can Your Oral Surgeon Treat Your Apnea?


Posted on 11/10/2016 by Andrew Zeiger
A woman suffering from her husband's snoring; because he has sleep apnea!
If you have been diagnosed with apnea, you should know that among your treatment options is the possibility of getting upper airway surgery. Upper airway surgery is usually-although not necessarily always-used in cases when other forms of treatment have already failed.

If you think upper airway surgery may be for you, here is more information on the procedure.

What is Apnea?


Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to momentarily stop breathing while you are asleep. There can be any number of factors that play a role in your condition, but regardless of the specific factor, the outcome is the same: sleep apnea.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you will quite likely find yourself feeling very tired throughout the day. However, apnea problems do not stop there. Sleep apnea can cause all kinds of physical ailments and can actually be quite dangerous under the right circumstances.

Oral Surgery for Apnea


If you suffer from sleep apnea, upper airway surgery may be for you. Your oral surgeon will identify the specific part of your physiology that is contributing to your apnea issues, and will come up with a surgical plan for fixing the problem.

Oral surgery for apnea can involve restructuring the palate, reducing the size of your tongue, performing various procedures in the sinus cavity, and other steps. A complete exploration of all the oral surgery options is beyond the scope of this blog. Suffice to say, your oral surgeon will be able to devise a surgery to address your specific situation, and help you get a good night's rest once again.

If you are not sure whether oral surgery for apnea is the option for you, we encourage you to contact us. Let us explain the process and answer your questions. We're here to help, and we look forward to seeing you!


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