Sleep apnea is a common and potentially severe medical condition, resulting in lost sleep, chronic fatigue, and impaired health overall. Several treatments are available; for some patients, surgical intervention is the best way to find lasting relief. At Southern Dental Implants & Oral Surgery, we are happy to provide therapeutic solutions to help you alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms, and enjoy consistent, restorative sleep.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Interruptions characterize sleep apnea in your breathing during the night, usually lasting for mere seconds but sometimes lasting for a minute or longer. Sleep apnea symptoms most often occur at night and are typically diagnosed after a spouse or partner notices the signs. A few of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Irregular pauses in breathing
  • Sleepiness or fatigue during the day
  • Brain fog or lack of mental acuity during the day
  • Changes in mood, including depression and irritability
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth or a sore throat upon waking up

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

There are a number of potential treatments for sleep apnea. A conservative response will usually begin with lifestyle changes to include weight control, regular exercise or reducing alcohol consumption, to name a few.

Surgical intervention may be recommended when more conservative measures fail to alleviate the problem. Surgery for sleep apnea may involve altering soft tissue in the back of the throat, moving the tongue muscle to enlarge the airway, or even shifting the jawbone or tracheostomy.

If you are eligible for a sleep apnea procedure, your surgeon will begin with a full consultation, walking you through the treatment steps and answering your questions. The surgery itself will be performed while you are under anesthesia, ensuring you do not feel physical pain while the procedure takes place.

You’re in Good Hands

Sleep apnea can take a toll on your quality of life, your physical health, and your mental well-being. Fortunately, clinical solutions can lead to lifelong relief. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment, call Southern Dental Implants & Oral Surgery at (828) 358-1583.