What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea disrupts breathing during sleep, causing patients to stop breathing for anywhere from a few seconds to over a minute. Both surgical and nonsurgical treatments are available at our offices in Ashland, KY, or Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Hurricane (Teays Valley), Kanawha City, or Parkersburg, WV. Treating sleep apnea can prevent more serious health issues from arising in the future.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Most sleep apnea symptoms occur at night, making them hard for a patient to identify unless a partner or roommate alerts them of the signs. However, certain symptoms occur during the day as a result of your affected sleeping patterns. The most common symptoms associated with sleep apnea include:
- Breaks in breathing during sleep (and a gasping sound when you resume breathing)
- Drowsiness during the day (even after you get a full night’s sleep)
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Mood changes, such as depression and irritability
- Waking up with a dry mouth or throat
Sleep apnea most commonly occurs among older male patients, but anyone can develop this condition. When untreated, this condition can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and other problems. We encourage you to seek treatment as soon as possible if you think you may be affected by sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
At Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery, we always consider nonsurgical treatment as the first step. We only resort to surgical intervention when other methods are unsuccessful. Factors such as weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping position can all affect your condition. If weight loss, a reduction in alcohol intake, or a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine are ineffective, we may consider oral surgery. We offer a variety of treatment procedures, including the following:
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, also known as UPPP, is a procedure that alters the soft tissue at the back of the throat to clear the airway. Tightening this excess tissue (or even removing it) improves breathing function and can eliminate the breaks in breathing during sleep. In addition to UPPP, there are laser-assisted surgeries that treat the soft palate and similarly clear the airway.
- Corrective jaw surgery is effective for patients who do not benefit from a CPAP machine. CPAP machines are designed to push more oxygen into the airway during sleep, but sometimes the jaws are in a position that will not allow this method to be effective. In these instances, one of our oral surgeons can perform corrective jaw surgery, repositioning the jaws to create more space in the airway. This treatment has a 95% success rate for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea at Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery
If you’re interested in any of the treatments we offer, we encourage you to contact our office to see how we can help you. We have offices conveniently located in Ashland, KY, or Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Hurricane, Kanawha City, Parkersburg, or Princeton WV.
We work closely with The Facial Center to provide a range of cosmetic services, including HydraFacial MD®, JUVÉDERM®, facelifts, and so much more! Call us or visit The Facial Center’s website to learn more.