Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders in the United States. As of 2023, about 30 million Americans are believed to have sleep apnea, and 80% of this population haven’t been diagnosed. This disorder causes particular concern, as it can be severe, potentially life-threatening, and mostly undetectable by those with sleep apnea. It can also have a staggering effect on your quality of life, affecting your wakefulness and future health outcomes.
At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, our latest diagnostic technology can help you properly diagnose sleep apnea. In some instances, surgical intervention may be the only way to address persistent symptoms. As an oral and maxillofacial surgical practice, we typically reserve these treatments for moderate to severe cases of sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the upper airway becomes repeatedly blocked, causing breathing to stop and start as you sleep. This disorder results in breathing cessations anywhere from five times an hour up to hundreds of times in one night. These interruptions prevent adequate oxygen from reaching the brain and body, momentarily rousing you from sleep. If you are prone to loud snoring or feel tired even after a full night of sleep, you might consider scheduling a sleep exam to determine if you have sleep apnea.
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
Certain criteria and habits can put patients at risk for OSA and CSA. These include, but are not limited to:
Diagnosis Of Sleep Apnea
During your consultation, our surgeons will discuss the causes and severity of your sleep apnea. In many cases, patients arriving at our office to address sleep apnea have already been diagnosed by a somnologist, or a doctor specializing in sleep disorders, before being referred to our office. Typically, we resort to treating sleep apnea with surgical intervention only after all other non-invasive treatment options have been exhausted.
Surgical Options For Sleep Apnea
Our team offers a variety of surgical options to address and treat sleep apnea. Some of these options include:
If non-surgical treatments and sleeping aides have failed to alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms, you may benefit from surgical intervention. Call our office today at 214-363-9946 to schedule your consultation appointment!