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.
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Insomnia HUNTINGTON WV, Sleep Apnea CHESAPEAKE,SHOALS WV, Sleep Disorder, DENTIST HUNTINGTON WV DENTIST HUNTINGTON WV Do you snoreéHUNTINGTON DENTAL PATIENT Do I whaté DENTIST HUNTINGTON WV SnoreéHUNTINGTON DENTAL PATIENT Snoring is annoying. Though I kind of think snoring is funny too.DENTIST HUNTINGTON WV Not really. Most people who snore have something called sleep apnea,which means they stop breathing many times during the night, waking up slightly, anddon't get enough sleep causing all kinds of serious problems. HUNTINGTON DENTAL PATIENTSeriouslyé
DENTIST HUNTINGTON WV Seriously. Lately there'sa tremendous amount of concern in the news about so many people being tired and fatiguedduring the day HUNTINGTON DENTAL PATIENT I hate being tired.I hate it! When I'm tired, I don't get as much done. I get cranky. I have less driveto accomplish things. Did I mention crankyé Also unmotivated. I'm not too happy. AndI'm cranky. DENTIST HUNTINGTON WV yes, that is bad enough,but it can be more serious than that. There are news stories like the bus driver fallingasleep and wrapping his bus around a power pole killing himself and other people.HUNTINGTON DENTAL PATIENT That's terrible!
DENTIST HUNTINGTON WV Some believe that driversfalling asleep in cars may cause more accidents than those driving drunk. HUNTINGTON DENTALPATIENT I hadn't thought of that. So for some people, this tiredness problem is calledéDENTIST HUNTINGTON WV Sleep apnea. It is estimated that eighteen million people in the UnitedWVs may have this sleep disorder. HUNTINGTON DENTAL PATIENT Eighteen millionéAre you kidding meé DENTIST HUNTINGTON WV I am not. It's potentiallya serious ailment that can also cause medical problems like high blood pressure, heart disease,stroke, poor concentration, irritability, weakened immune system, and memory loss.HUNTINGTON DENTAL PATIENT How does sleep apnea
happenéDENTIST HUNTINGTON WV The most common form happens when the throat muscles relax duringsleep and cause the airway to be blocked, often by the tongue. Your breathing temporarilystops. HUNTINGTON DENTAL PATIENT Yikes. Breathingstopsé That can't be good. DENTIST HUNTINGTON WV It's not.It causes oxygen levels to lower in the blood, the brain detects this decrease and reopensthe airway and you will continue breathing again. The gap in breathing is very briefand you never fully wake up so you don't even know it's happening. HUNTINGTON DENTALPATIENT I wonder if I have it. When I'm
tired, I just reach for coffee or a Red Bullenergy drink in the afternoon. DENTIST HUNTINGTON WV That isn't healthyand doesn't solve the real problem. Besides, sleep apnea causes other issues, like increasingthe risk of dying from heart attacks during sleep by 30 percent.HUNTINGTON DENTAL PATIENT Not good at all. So how do you know if you have itéDENTIST HUNTINGTON WV Most people don't. People may think they got a full night'ssleep, but are still very tired. That's because they really only got a couple of hoursof quality sleep. Their sleep is constantly interrupted so they don't get the deep sleepthey really need. It's believed some people
stop breathing twenty to thirty times an hour.HUNTINGTON DENTAL PATIENT Once more yikes! So how does anyone know they have itéDENTIST HUNTINGTON WV Sleep apnea is most common with people who also snore, and oftenwith people who are very overweight. Frequently, your sleeping partner may notice your breathingstop during the night, or at least notice the snoring. Once you suspect, you can gettested for it. HUNTINGTON DENTAL PATIENT If you do have sleepapnea, can anything be doneé DENTIST HUNTINGTON WV Yes. One common treatmentfor sleep apnea is a CPAP device. The patient actually wears an oxygen maskwhile sleeping that connects to a machine.
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