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with Sleep Apnea Treatment

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a common disorder that causes cessation of breathing during sleep. Caused by the collapse of soft tissues over the airway, OSA inhibits the flow of oxygen to the brain. This can result in a number of health-related concerns, including chronic fatigue, insomnia, headaches, irritability, and more. An overwhelming 18 million Americans suffer from this condition, although only 20 percent of those individuals have been properly diagnosed and treated. As oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Norwalk, CTDr. Michael F. Trofa and Dr. Kevin S. McLaughlin can perform effective, surgical sleep apnea treatment to provide long-lasting relief from your symptoms. 

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Patient wearing a CPAP device.

A CPAP device is the most common treatment for sleep apnea.

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea can affect men, women, and children of any age. However, certain risk factors can increase your chances of developing the condition. You may be at a higher risk for sleep apnea if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Smoke or use tobacco products
  • Have a naturally thin airway
  • Suffer from hypertension
  • Have chronic nasal congestion
  • Suffer from asthma
  • Have a family history of the disorder

In some cases, the doctor may recommend a sleep study, which can be performed in a sleep clinic or your own home.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea does not always present itself in the same way. In fact, signs and symptoms can vary significantly based on the unique situation. Common symptoms of this condition include:

  • Unbearable daytime sleepiness
  • Gasping or choking upon waking
  • Severe snoring
  • Dry throat or mouth upon waking
  • Chronic headaches
  • Extreme mood changes
  • High blood pressure
  • Night sweats
  • Difficulty concentrating on tasks

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

The first step in diagnosing sleep apnea is to undergo an initial consultation. During this exam, one of our doctors will assess the oral anatomy, such as the soft tissues at the back of the throat. This will help determine the root cause of the problem. In some cases, the doctor may recommend a sleep study, which can be performed in a sleep clinic or your own home. This assessment will monitor your vitals and blood oxygen level during sleep, as well as record any arm or leg movements. 

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

There are several options available for the treatment of sleep apnea. The most common treatments offered at our practice include:

  • CPAP: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) keeps the passageways open using a firm but steady flow of air, which is delivered through a small mask. CPAP devices are among the most common treatments for sleep apnea.
  • UPPP: Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the soft tissues in the throat. This can effectively prevent apneic episodes.
  • LAUPP: Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUPP) involves removing some or all of the uvula at the back of the mouth. This procedure is often used to reduce snoring.
  • Palate radiofrequency: During this procedure, a radiofrequency instrument is applied to the roof of the mouth with the purpose of tightening the soft palate. 

In severe cases, Dr. Trofa and Dr. McLaughlin can perform orthognathic surgery to reposition portions of the oral anatomy. This is typically completed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. During a consultation at our practice, our doctors can help you determine which treatment option is right for you.

Learn More about Sleep Apnea

If your quality of life is suffering due to sleep apnea, it may be time to consider surgical intervention. To learn more about the treatment options we provide, contact us online or call us at (203) 866-0061.

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This was the best place I could go for my oral surgery. The dentist was kind, helpful, and friendly, and his office was so comfortable. This team is the best. AD D.

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This was the best place I could go for my oral surgery. The dentist was kind, helpful, and friendly, and his office was so comfortable. This team is the best. AD D.

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