Is surgery the only option for treating sleep apnea or snoring
I do predominantly the line share of sleep apnea surgery in our department. I collaborate closely with the pulmonologists, who are the sleep medicine s. Those are the s that help diagnose and treat sleep apnea, as well. If those patients fail their, their medical or their conservative therapy, that's typically when they get sent to see me for surgical considerations to, to look at potential cures for their apnea. It's not uncommon for me to see a lot of patients for, who come in for snoring complaints and, you know, are wondering whether or not they have sleep apnea. So sleep apnea is condition where you actually stop breathing at night.
Snoring is somewhere on that spectrum, towards the more mild, you know, milder end of that spectrum. But, you know, really the only way to determine if you have sleep apnea, the gold standard of testing, is really getting a sleep study. And that's an overnight, monitored study where patients, you know, sleep in a room that's similar to a hotel room but they're being monitored and they're hooked up, you know, for sound so to speak with different monitors and cables on them. And that's really our best test to diagnose sleep apnea. The treatment for sleep apnea is typically a nonsurgical therapy; something called CPAP,
which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. And it's the patients that don't tolerate their CPAP who end up seeing me for surgical considerations. And there's a number of reasons why patients may not tolerate their CPAP. But there are some surgeries that can be helpful in patients who are not tolerant of their medical therapy. And I offer a variety of surgeries including nasal surgery, a variety of palatal surgeries for the kind of tonsil and soft pallet region and then also a variety of tonguebased procedures, as well. But we typically see a patient back after their procedure in about three weeks to recheck everything, make sure that they're healing okay.
After that, I normally recheck a sleep study in about three months after their surgery, just to give everything a chance to heal and to scar. And we, you know, make further recommendations based on the result of their followup sleep study after their surgery. We're exploring the, a new technology now which is actually a nerve stimulator for sleep apnea. It's an implantable device, very similar to a pacemaker that goes into the patient's chest. And there's an electrode that will actually stimulate the nerve that goes to the tongue to provide the tongue with a little bit of more tone when they're sleeping at night, and thereby eliminating their sleep apnea.
How To Stop Snoring Sleep Peacefully
are you the victim of a snoreré you're notalone fifty four percent of married couples say their partners snores butas Michelle Spearman reports a madeinCalgaray device could have both of yousleeping like babies it's not that bad! that's what he thinks people who snore often don't realizejust how loud the really are if i'm not in a deep sleep and wake upthen I can't really get back to sleep The first thing they'll tell the or the dentist is Idon't think i'm suffering from snoring but
my spouse tells me I do. Hi Vick, how are you todayé Vick Close is a typical snorer: an older adult male who is slightly overweightthough females snore too he's agreed to try a new antisnore device called MPowerX it's a little awkward to begin with but you do get used to it snoring is both a breathing and a sleepdisorder caused when the airway becomes partially blocked it's the tongue falling back and blocking the airway for many casesit's it's a simple tongue position that's in
the wrong place. Oral appliances thatreposition the jaw are already available but they can be expensive and painful this inverted soother actuallysuctions the tongue out of the way. I was surprised and excited at how simple it was because it didn't pull the jaw instead it pulled the tongue forward so wedon't get the joint and the muscle issues but we open up the airway. It was developed by a dental researcherat the U of C and it appears
to be more effective than things like nosestrips, throats sprays and pillows On average thirtytwopatients uh. they saw a reduction in thesnoring by by about fifty percent Snoring is often a sign of a moreserious medical problem known as sleep apnea MPowerX is not licensed to treat thatcondition. It's been two weeks for Vick and so far.It's been fabulous I had a really good sleep and I think that Vick did too
in fact it works so well they might need two of them So does she snoreé Yeah. Reallyé So Kathy, would you ever try ité Yes I would. Michelle's Spearman, Global Nuse the MPowerX device forces you tobreathe through your nose so you can't wear it if you have nasal issues orif you have a cold if you're interested in trying it outyou can log onto our website just click
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TRIOLOGY Mandibular Tori Removal Before After
gt;gt; Jeremy: This next case you can see mandibulartori. They were pretty big that were removed on this gentlemen, and they were bilateral.This picture shows one side pretty clearly and what was made for him. We put suturesinto the area but a clear plastic suckdown stent was made to kind of help hold the tissuewhere we wanted it. He was able to place the gel. He would take that out periodically,rinse, and then put some more gel back in his tray. When he came back in to see me thiswas taken at about 20 days postop about three weeks later, you can see from this picturehow much healing had actually occurred. He still had a little bit of healing, but oneof the main factors for this patient or any
oral surgeon, general dentist who has takenout a tori before it's a very painful procedure. Anytime you have to do any type of healingby secondary intent or any grafting procedure, it's always that site that was cut on is alwaysthe most painful, and that was very key to what I was hearing from this gentlemen.gt;gt;Kirk: And it's the tissue back there that is so friable and so thin that it's such achallenge to have it heal, so having this product with us and having rinsing and usingeverything everyday really made a difference.