Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea doesn’t stand a chance with Bellflower Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center, a practice that covers a wide spectrum of dental services all at one convenient location. The startling fact about sleep apnea is that many of those who suffer from it, aren’t even aware. Sleep Apnea is a condition that causes a person to momentarily stop breathing during sleep. This often means that the body and brain aren’t getting the proper amount of oxygen which can disrupt the body’s natural regeneration processes. Sleep Apnea can leave those who suffer from it tired and irritable during their daily routines, and that’s just the start of it! When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, and in severe cases it can even lead to a heart attack or a stroke. If severe sleep apnea persists for a long time, it can even lead to heart failure.

Types of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat, which blocks the upper airway and stops normal airflow. When oxygen levels in the brain reach a low, a person can wake up, usually with a loud gasp as the throat clears and regular air flow commences. Less severe obstructions are referred to as Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), even though a patient may suffer from the same exact symptoms as they would from OSA.

Key Contributing Factors

Many factors can cause and contribute to sleep apnea. A stronger relaxation of the throat muscles and tongue can contribute to sleep apnea, in addition to enlarged tonsils and adenoids, and being overweight. The structures of the head and neck play a key role as well, in some cases causing the mouth’s airways to constrict abnormally, or causing the throat to experience blockages during sleep.

Treatment Options

We want you to know that you have options available to you. CPAP machines incorporate nasal masks that limit airway obstruction at night, delivering precise, pressurized oxygen. For more extreme cases, surgical options can be available, such as uvulo-palato-pharyngo-plasty (UPPP), which is a procedure performed at the back of the throat and soft palate. Additional procedures like laser assisted uvulo-palato-plasty (LAUPP), and radio-frequency probes can also be utilized under light IV sedation, depending on necessity.

The bottom line is don’t let your sleep apnea go untreated. Contact Bellflower Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center to learn more about the many ways that we can help treat your sleep apnea.