Patients with sleep apnea can suffer from sleep disruptions, daytime fatigue, impaired alertness, hypertension, slow reaction times, and vision problems. Sufferers experience throat obstruction during sleep, where airflow is blocked for seconds or even minutes at a time. This can lead to low blood oxygen levels, which can lead to fatigue, depression, irritability, attention and memory problems, and even cardiovascular complications.
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are the following:
- Loud snoring
- Obstructed breathing, which often leads to loud gasping or choking during the night
- Waking up throughout the night with shortness of breath or dry mouth
- Intermittent periods of sleep where breathing stops completely (witnessed by another person)
- Morning headaches
- Daytime sleepiness or grogginess
- Attention problems
Sleep Apnea Treatment
While sleep apnea is often treated with measures such as the prescription of a CPAP air machine or weight loss, some cases are best treated by surgery to unblock the throat obstruction. Sometimes the throat or enlarged tonsils can cause sleep apnea, and surgery to alter the soft palate (UPPP procedures) can solve the issue. In other cases, jaw misalignment can contribute to sleep apnea, and jaw alignment (orthognathic) surgery may be needed to correct the disorder. If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid complications — low blood oxygen can cause serious health problems if left untreated.
We offer treatment for sleep apnea in our state-of-the-art operating suite in Conway, AR.
Dr. Collins can perform a thorough examination, including oral and throat scans, to determine the level of airway obstruction. A sleep study may also be recommended to test the severity of the condition.
Dr. Collins has extensive training in jaw advancement procedures that actually have a very high cure rate for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Our team will ensure that you receive the proper care for your condition, and surgery will only be recommended if it would be the best course of treatment for you.
Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment. We will gladly schedule you a consultation to determine the best course of treatment for your situation.