Sleep apnea is a condition that impacts a person's ability to breathe properly while sleeping. This breathing obstruction is usually caused by the airways being blocked.
At North Alabama Smiles, we understand how complex sleep apnea can be and we personalize sleep apnea treatments to fit your individual needs.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
People who suffer from sleep apnea experience higher muscle relaxation during sleep, which can block the airways, causing pauses in breathing. When your breathing rhythm is interrupted, your oxygen levels will also go down. If you stop breathing, even for a short period, you are likely to wake up abruptly from your sleep.
Some of the typical sleep apnea symptoms include snoring, harsh sounds, or waking up gasping for air.
Sleep Apnea Treatments at North Alabama Smiles
UPPP, or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, is a surgical procedure. It works by removing excess tissue from the soft palate and pharynx to widen the airway. The upper airway is a common area of obstruction in patients suffering from sleep apnea.
UPPP surgery significantly helps patients suffering from sleep apnea and snoring that is caused due to the reverberation of the soft palate.
- Maxillomandibular Advancement
Abnormalities of the maxillofacial skeleton are a significant risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea patients usually have small, narrow jaws that result in reduced airways.
Maxillomandibular advancement surgery helps enlarge the entire upper airway by widening the skeletal framework that encloses the airway. The procedure involves advancing the upper and lower jawbones by up to 10-12 mm.
Tracheostomy helps create a pathway for air to get to the lungs directly from the trachea in the neck. This will circumvent any potential sites of obstruction from the upper airway.
Permanent tracheostomy is a long-term treatment of obstructive sleep apnea for morbidly obese patients and for those who have failed to get relief from other forms of non-surgical and surgical treatments.
If you want more information on sleep apnea treatments, visit North Alabama Smiles, at 55 Golfview Dr NE #5467, Arab, AL 35016, or call us at (256) 586-8100.