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East Wichita

1919 N. Webb Rd.
Wichita, KS 67206

P: (316) 634-1414
F: (316) 634-2907

West Wichita

8710 W. 13th, Suite 104
Wichita, KS 67212

P: (316) 721-4850
F: (316) 729-4889

 

Sleep Apnea Treatments

Sleep apnea treatments benefit many patients who suffer from disrupted sleep. People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears, and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp. Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, these individuals suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, and loss of concentration. This is when treatment for sleep apnea can help patients lead healthier lives. 

Some patients have obstructions that are less severe called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). In either case, the individuals suffer many of the same symptoms. The first step in treatment resides in recognition of the symptoms and seeking appropriate consultation. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons offer consultation and sleep apnea treatment options.

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In addition to a detailed history, the doctors will assess the anatomic relationships in the maxillofacial region. With cephalometic (skull X-ray) analysis, the doctors can ascertain the level of obstruction. Sometimes a naso-pharyngeal exam is done with a flexible fiber-optic camera. To confirm the amount of cardiovascular compromise and decreased oxygenation levels, a sleep study may be recommended to monitor an individual overnight.

Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons provide several sleep apnea treatment options. An initial treatment may consist of using a nasal CPAP machine that delivers pressurized oxygen through a nasal mask to limit obstruction at night. One of the surgical options is an uvulo-palato-pharyngo-plasty (UPPP), which is performed in the back of the soft palate and throat. A similar procedure is sometimes done with the assistance of a laser and is called a laser assisted uvulo-palato-plasty (LAUPP). In other cases, a radio-frequency probe is utilized to tighten the soft palate.

These sleep apnea treatments are usually performed under IV sedation in the office. In more complex cases, the bones of the upper and lower jaw may be re-positioned to increase the size of the airway (orthognathic surgery). This procedure is done in the hospital under general anesthesia and requires a one to two day overnight stay in the hospital. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a very serious condition that needs careful attention and treatment and possibly maxillofacial surgery. Most major medical plans offer coverage for diagnosis and treatment.

For more information about sleep apnea treatments, please contact the oral and maxillofacial surgeons of Wichita OMS.