If you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating or symptoms of depression, you may have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common (and often overlooked) disorder that disrupts sleep and robs you of the benefits of a good night’s rest. Recognizing the symptoms of sleep apnea is your first step toward a diagnosis. To find out more information about sleep apnea or to schedule a consultation, contact us at Oral & Facial Surgeons of Arizona’s Phoenix or Tempe office, all conveniently located to serve patients in surrounding communities, including Scottsdale and Arcadia.
Help for Sufferers of Sleep Apnea
At Oral & Facial Surgeons of Arizona, our board-certified surgeons, Drs. Michael W. Golding and J. Gregory Sabol, specialize in diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea. Many patients are diagnosed during an initial in-office examination, while others participate in an overnight sleep study at a laboratory to determine if they have abnormal pauses or abnormally shallow breathing during sleep.
During your initial, comprehensive consultation, you will be evaluated using the latest advances in technology, including 3-D cone beam volumetric tomography. In addition, the surgeon may perform a naso-pharyngeal exam using a flexible fiber-optic camera. Meanwhile, you will be evaluated for a similar but less severe disorder called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS).
Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea
Because of our expertise in treating sleep apnea, we can create an individualized treatment plan that is right for you. Our surgeons use treatments that effectively and permanently resolve sleep apnea symptoms, unlike temporary solutions like mouth guards.
If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, a number of treatment options are available, including:
- Nasal CPAP machine: pressurized oxygen delivered through a nasal mask, designed to limit obstruction to the airway
- Uvulo-palato-pharyngo-plasty (UPPP): surgery used to modify the tissue at the back of the soft palate and throat
- Laser-assisted uvulo-palato-plasty (LAUPP): similar surgery to UPPP, performed with a laser
- Tightening of the soft palate using a radio-frequency probe
- Repositioning of the upper and lower jaw: used for complex cases to increase the size of the airway
Because sleep apnea and UARS can lead to disrupted sleep and dangerously low oxygen levels in the blood, the disorders affect your quality of life. You may wake with an unrefreshed feeling after sleep, have difficulties with memory and concentration or simply feel tired all the time. If the culprit goes undetected, you’re at risk for cardiovascular problems that stem from the decreased oxygenation of the blood.
At Oral & Facial Surgeons of Arizona, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care to improve our patients’ health and quality of life. To find out whether you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and what can be done to treat it, contact our Phoenix or Tempe office today.