Austin’s Sleep Apnea Specialists
At Austin Oral Surgery, we not only specialize in comprehensive oral care, but we also offer effective jaw disorder and sleep apnea treatments. An estimated 18 million Americans experience some form of sleep apnea, and recent studies indicate two to four percent of all Americans have an undiagnosed case of this condition. Sleep apnea can affect your ability to get a good night’s rest, impact your alertness while you drive, and even be a factor in other serious health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart failure. Find out more about our sleep apnea treatments by connecting with us today.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted or ceases during sleep. In most instances, the person is unaware of these breathing cessations, as they do not prompt a complete awakening. Types of sleep apnea include:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – Caused by an airway blockage, most often when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep
- Central sleep apnea – No airway blockage, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to activate breathing
- Mixed sleep apnea – This is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea
Patients at risk for sleep apnea are typically male, overweight, and age 40 or older and may have a large neck, tonsils, tongue, or jaw bone. Genetics also plays a factor in being susceptible to sleep apnea, with conditions like deviated septums, allergies, and sinus issues often inflaming the issue. At Austin Oral Surgery, we’ve built a reputation for effectively diagnosing and treating patients with sleep apnea. We can help you breathe easier and have a more restful sleep. Contact us now for more information.
How is sleep apnea treated?
Obstructive sleep apnea is treated with a multi-step approach that involves a thorough evaluation by a sleep specialist who collects patient history and performs a physical exam followed by a sleep study. The sleep study provides an understanding of the severity of sleep apnea you may be suffering from and a guideline for future treatment. Depending on the severity of sleep apnea, multiple treatment options are available. Treatment options include:
- Fostering a healthier diet and exercise to lose weight
- Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device while you sleep
- Using a sleep apnea dental device
- Corrective surgery for a deviated septum, enlarged tonsils, or an overbite or underbite
If you have already tried continuous positive airflow pressure (CPAP) therapy in addition to self-help treatment recommendations, you may benefit from surgical treatment. Schedule a sleep study and sleep apnea consultation with us today.
Expert care you can rely on
When it comes to getting quality care for serious dental, oral, and sleep issues, the medical professionals at Austin Oral Surgery are here to serve you. We have decades of experience treating a wide range of oral and dental issues, and we strive to deliver the highest quality of care to every patient we serve.