Could Surgery Treat My Sleep Apnea?

Olathe sleep apnea surgery

As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could lead to serious trouble for your overall health and your quality of life. For most cases, we offer treatment with an oral appliance. But for severe cases, getting a good night’s rest again may require oral surgery from your Olathe, KS, dentists.

Warning Signs of Trouble

How do you know if you have trouble sleeping? Common warning signs include chronic snoring and waking up in the night gasping for air or choking. You could wake up with dry mouth, and feel exhausted during the day or even have trouble focusing. Issues with staying focused could be a factor too. When you encounter these potential warning signs, we urge you to let us know. Lack of treatment could lead to worsening exhaustion and a strained immune system that makes illness more likely. In addition, you could strain your heart health too, which increases the risk of issues like high blood pressure, heart disease, and for some, heart attack and stroke. 

The Diagnosis

We want to make an accurate diagnosis that doesn’t require you to sleep in a lab setting. We will send you home with a unique device that sits at your bedside and measures blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, and episodes of breathing cessation. We then find out if you need treatment, and gain more accurate results as this reflects how you naturally sleep. We will then decide what treatment you will need. For many people, this involves a custom-fitted oral appliance, worn as you rest at night. The device repositions the jaw to prevent the cessation of breathing. However, for some a more intensive treatment may be necessary. 

Oral Surgery 

With digital imaging and x-rays, we will carefully identify the factors behind your breathing issues. We pinpoint the issues blocking air passages as you sleep. We then plan your treatment with precision, and offer sedation to help you enter a calm state with no memory of the surgery. We then gently trim excess tissues and reshape portions of the throat tissues and mouth to keep airways open as you sleep, so you breathe without interruption and enjoy a better quality of life! If you have any questions, then give us a call today!

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR ORAL SURGERY

We would like to help you enjoy a good night’s rest once again with our treatment options. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about our sleep apnea solutions. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.