Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition that is serious and in some cases, even life-threatening. There are various risks associated with this condition including:
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Decreased libido
  • Heart disease
It can also lead to daytime drowsiness that can result in lost productivity, accidents, and relationship problems. We have several options for sleep apnea treatments here at Sleep Good Dentistry in Norcross, GA.

What is Sleep Apnea?
While you are sleeping, factors like large tonsils, a large tongue, or excess tissue can obstruct your upper airway. Your jaw position and nasal passages can contribute to the problem as well as your airway muscles which collapse and relax during sleep. Approximately 18 to 20 million adults in the United States alone suffer from sleep apnea.

Oral Surgery for Sleep Apnea Options
There are several oral surgery options for sleep apnea. They include:

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
Our Norcross dentist and oral surgeon, Dr. Jose Fajardo, performs this surgical procedure to remove excess tissue from your throat and upper mouth. He performs it under general anesthesia in a hospital.

Maxillomandibular Advancement
This is another procedure Dr. Fajardo performs where he moves your jaw forward from your facial bones to reduce the obstruction by allowing more room behind your soft palate.

When other procedures have failed, he resorts to this procedure. He inserts a tube in your throat making it easier for you to breathe. During the day it is covered, but while you sleep, it opens.

Each of these procedures is safe and effective ways to treat sleep apnea. If you suffer with this condition, set up an appointment with our office to come in for an exam with Dr. Fajardo. This is a treatable condition that you can free yourself of and we would love to do that for you. Call Sleep Good Dentistry at (770) 368-1818 to discuss your sleep apnea treatment needs or visit