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Sleep Apnea Plano, TX

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. Some patients have less severe obstructions called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS).

In either case, the individuals suffer many of the same symptoms. Texas Dental offers sleep apnea treatment in Plano, TX, to restore comfort and reduce harmful apnea symptoms. We also provide general cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatment to new and existing patients in Plano, Texas.

Sleep Apnea in Plano, Texas

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Plano, TX

The first step in treating sleep apnea is recognizing the symptoms and seeking appropriate consultation. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons offer consultation and treatment options.

In addition to a detailed history, the doctors will assess the anatomic relationships in the maxillofacial region. With cephalometric (skull x-ray) analysis, the doctors can ascertain the level of obstruction. Sometimes a nasopharyngeal 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.

Options for Sleep Apnea

There are several treatment options available. An initial treatment may involve 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) 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 tightens the soft palate. These procedures are usually performed under light IV sedation in the office.

The upper and lower jaw bones may be repositioned in more complex cases to increase the airway size (orthognathic surgery). This procedure is done in the hospital under general anesthesia and requires a one to two-day overnight stay in the hospital.

OSA is a very serious condition that needs careful attention and treatment. Most major medical plans offer coverage for diagnosis and treatment.

Address Sleep Apnea

Get a good night’s sleep. Schedule a dental consultation with our office online. You may also call Texas Dental at 972-636-4522.