Do you snore, wake up often, or feel tired all day? These are common sleep apnea symptoms. 15% of women and up to 30% of men in the USA may have this condition. The most widely used treatments do not work for everyone. You may benefit from surgical sleep apnea treatment if you continue to have symptoms.
What is Sleep Apnea?
If you have sleep apnea, it means your breathing is frequently disrupted while you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type, happens when the throat muscles relax while you sleep. This relaxation allows the airway to collapse partially. As a result, your airway becomes blocked, and you may wake up suddenly or start to snore. Sleep apnea is associated with cardiovascular problems, depression, and long-term health consequences.
*Individual results may vary
Can I Fix My Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a treatable condition, but no treatment will work for everyone. The most common treatment is CPAP. This system uses a mask over your face to create positive pressure in your airway to prevent it from collapsing. CPAP gives many people relief from their sleep apnea symptoms. However, some people experience discomfort, skin irritation, or other problems that make CPAP unsatisfactory.
Are There Surgical Treatments to Fix My Sleep Apnea?
Surgical procedures can correct sleep apnea for those who do not benefit from CPAP or other treatments. Your surgeon will perform a complete diagnosis and assessment before deciding on a treatment plan. Surgical sleep apnea treatments include:
UPPP and LAUPP
UPPP (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty) is a procedure that removes excess soft tissue. Removing this tissue prevents the airway from closing when it relaxes. LAUPP is a laser-assisted version of this method. You may also have other procedures to reposition other tissues or structures.
Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery
This procedure is also known as corrective jaw surgery. Your surgeon will reposition the upper and lower jaw, changing your airway to eliminate areas of blockage. This significant procedure requires four to six weeks of recovery time. However, it can achieve similar results to consistent CPAP use.
Am I a Good Candidate for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
If you have any sleep apnea symptoms, you should seek a diagnosis and start treatment as soon as possible Everyone with sleep apnea is a good candidate for some type of treatment. However, not all treatments work for everyone.
Treating this complex condition may require trial and error, but relieving your airway blockage can dramatically improve your quality of life. People who have not had good results with CPAP should not give up on treatment when they have other options.
Take the Next Step
If you have further questions about sleep apnea, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Faces Fort Worth. Call us at (817) 927-1818 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to taking care of you.