Our offices in Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Adrian, and Dexter, MI, are happy to service patients suffering from sleep apnea.
Did you know that excessive snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea? While more than 12 million Americans are affected by this condition, people who snore are not necessarily experiencing sleep apnea; you should seek an expert’s advice to determine what kind of treatment is right for you.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by one or more pauses in breathing, or shallow breaths, while you sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes and deliver ongoing disruption that moves you in and out of a deep, restful sleep. Many patients suffering from sleep apnea usually feel very tired even after they have slept all night long.
Most patients who suffer from sleep apnea do not know that they have the condition. You may have sleep apnea if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Sleepiness or lack of energy after a full night’s rest
- Restless sleep patterns
- Loud snoring
- Morning headaches
- Waking up with a gasping or choking sensation
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat
Your doctor (or a sleep specialist) can diagnose sleep apnea through a polysomnogram test (also known as sleep study) that records your specific physical activities while you sleep. This test is usually performed at a sleep center, but for some, it can be performed in the comfort and privacy of your home. Some patients who are diagnosed with sleep apnea can treat their condition at home by changing certain behaviors or utilizing dental devices. Though for some sleep apnea cases, the condition is solved through a surgical procedure performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
You may be a candidate for the surgical treatment of sleep apnea if
- Your sleep apnea cannot be corrected with lifestyle changes such as weight loss, alcohol avoidance, smoking cessation, or side sleeping.
- You experience discomfort or pain utilizing mouthpieces.
- You do not experience success or feel uncomfortable using breathing devices, such as the CPAP machine.
If your doctor determines that your sleep apnea is best treated through surgery, you will need to have an initial consultation with one of our skilled surgeons to discuss the surgical treatment. Usually, the surgeon will reposition the jaws, thereby enhancing the shape, volume, and flow of the airway.
If you want to enjoy the benefits of a sound night’s sleep and think that the surgical treatment of your sleep apnea is the best option for you to achieve that goal, please call us at Michigan Oral Surgeons. Our extensive surgical team and highly trained staff are happy to assist you throughout the process. Please call us today to set up an initial consultation at one of our three convenient office locations.