Certain types of sleeping disorders — such as obstructive sleep apnea and chronic snoring — are often due to the way soft tissues at the back of throat collapse when you’ve fallen asleep. As they seal together and block off the airway, oxygen flow is limited, and your body naturally starts toward a cycle of gasping, waking, snoring, and perhaps even the prolonged absence of breathing. Fortunately, our Tustin, CA oral surgeon offers an effective and long-lasting solution for your sleep apnea symptoms.
Most people assume that the only treatment for a sleeping disorder is to wear a CPAP at night. While CPAP is effective for many people, it isn’t ideal for everyone. We work to help patients determine the most appropriate option for managing snoring and sleep apnea, whether it’s a CPAP, soft tissue laser therapy, or orthognathic surgery. Types of sleep apnea therapy:
Aside from wearing a CPAP or performing corrective surgery on the jaw to enhance the opening of your airway, our Tustin, CA oral surgeon can also perform minimally-invasive laser therapy to remove excessive tissues and physically widen the upper airway near the back of the throat. Lasers can also help to “relax” the muscles surrounding the upper airway, preventing them from tightening/closing together and blocking oxygen flow when you sleep.
If you’ve never been diagnosed with sleep apnea, watch for symptoms like: snoring, fatigue, weight gain, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other metabolic disorders. Lack of quality rest can strain the body and immune system, causing you to be more susceptible to illness and falling asleep throughout the day (making it dangerous to drive or operate heavy machinery.) If Dr. Thiede suspects that a sleeping disorder may be to blame, we’ll work with you to achieve proper diagnosis and screening so that an effective care plan can be mapped out. Do you already have a diagnosis, but want an alternative to CPAP therapy? Schedule a consultation, today!
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