What is sleep apnea?
If you suffer from sleep apnea, you are experiencing a common form of sleep-disordered breathing. This means that you have one or more pauses in your breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to minutes and causes an ongoing disruption that moves you out of deep sleep and into light sleep. This is why many patients suffering from sleep apnea commonly feel tired even after they have slept all night long.
You may benefit from the surgical treatment of sleep apnea if:
- Your sleep apnea cannot be corrected with lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, alcohol avoidance, smoking cessation, or side sleeping
- You experience discomfort or pain utilizing mouthpieces
- You do not experience success or feel uncomfortable utilizing breathing devices, such as the CPAP machine
The surgical treatment of sleep apnea is performed to widen your breathing passages. This can be accomplished by shrinking, stiffening, or removing excess tissue in the mouth and throat, or resetting the position of the lower jaw. Your procedure may be performed in our office or in a hospital, depending on the severity of your condition.
After your initial consultation, your doctor will review all of your options for corrective surgery and develop a plan that you feel the most comfortable with.
Where can I get sleep apnea treated near Fort Worth?
At North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our surgical staff maintains a state-of-the-art oral surgical facility where patients can have wisdom teeth removed in a safe and comfortable environment. Dr. Fred Loe proudly serves all of Tarrant, Wise and Parker counties including Fort Worth, Saginaw, North Richland Hills, Grapevine, Decatur, Watauga, Keller, Boyd, LakeWorth Trophy Club, and more.