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About Sleep Apnea

Top Treatments For a Life-Threatening Condition

Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by interruption of breathing during sleep. Individuals that suffer from the disorder can stop breathing for over 10 seconds while sleeping. Interruptions in breathing can occur hundreds of times every night in certain cases. The disorder first gained public attention about 30 years ago, and the disorder has been researched extensively. Subsequently, treatment options have become more advanced.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that an estimated 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and many cases are undiagnosed. In addition, it is estimated that over 50 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Patients that seek surgical treatment at miVIP Surgery Centers for UPPP uvuloplasty or adenoid removal can sleep better as well as prevent serious health problems.

Causes and Risk Factors

There are two forms of sleep apnea that have different underlying causes. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain does not properly regulate the muscles that control breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is more prevalent. OSA occurs when tissue in the back of the throat obstructs the upper airway and interferes with normal breathing. Risk factors for OSA include:

  • Growing older
  • Being overweight
  • Large tonsils
  • Large tongue
  • Small jaw
  • Family history

Common Symptoms

Some of the most common signs of OSA noticed by patients include sleep deprivation. Many people that suffer from the disorder do not know that they have it. A few symptoms to look for include:

  • Unexplainable daytime fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems with memory
  • Chronic sore throat or dry throat
  • Headaches

Snoring is also a very common sign of OSA. Family members, friends, or roommates are more likely to notice symptoms that occur during sleep, such as excessive snoring.

Treatment Options for OSA

It is common for people with suspected OSA to participate in a sleep study in order to pinpoint the diagnosis and determine the severity. In some cases, physicians might recommend the use of a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP machine) to keep the airway open at night. Different behavioral interventions and lifestyle changes may also alleviate OSA symptoms in certain individuals.

In other cases, minimally invasive surgery can provide a permanent solution to obstructive sleep apnea. Common surgical procedures include:

  • Adenoid removal – The adenoids can be removed in order to further open airways. Adenoid removal is typically a routine procedure that only requires a few weeks of recovery time.
  • UPPP uvuloplasty – Other soft tissues around the tonsils and the back of the throat can also be removed to open airways and decrease OSA symptoms. This procedure involves the removal of the uvula to combat potentially harmful or life-threatening symptoms.

Treatments are Successful

The prognosis is typically positive after proper treatment is obtained. However, OSA can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke if left untreated.

Call the Experts at miVIP

Contact us at 877-956-2263 to schedule an appointment today. Learn more about UPPP uvuloplasty, adenoid removal, and other top treatment options for OSA.

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