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Severe Sleep Apnea Northridge

Severe Sleep Apnea NorthridgeAccording to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, earlier this year, a new medical study revealed a link between moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and an increased risk of cancer, stroke, and death. Severe sleep apnea is a serious medical complication that can lead to even more serious problems.

Our Northridge severe sleep apnea expert recommends seeing a doctor at the first sign of sleep apnea, especially if you suspect it may be a severe case. Identifiable symptoms of severe OSA include:

•    Excessive daytime fatigue
•    Restless sleep
•    AM headaches
•    Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
•    Disruptive snoring
•    Abrupt nighttime awakenings punctuated by gasping for air or choking
•    Sexual dysfunction
•    Night sweats
•    High blood pressure or heart problems
•    Liver problems

Northridge Severe Sleep Apnea

In many severe cases of sleep apnea, lifestyle changes and breathing devices are not enough to provide relief. Occasionally, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is able to produce positive results. When all else fails, our expert in severe sleep apnea in Northridge will usually suggest surgery after a 3-month trial period of other treatment methods.

Types of Sleep Apnea Surgery

•    Tissue Removal
Also known as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), this procedure involves removal of tissue from the rear of the mouth and the top of the throat. Tonsils and adenoids are removed as well.

•    Implants
Under local anesthetic, our Northridge severe sleep apnea expert will surgically insert plastic rods into the soft palate. These rods serve to stiffen the soft palate and the walls of the throat, resulting in a less obstructed airway.

•    Jaw Repositioning
During this surgery, also called maxillomandibular advancement, the jaw is pulled forward, away from the rest of your facial bones. Doing this widens the area behind the tongue and soft palate, reducing the chance for airway obstruction. This surgery may require the assistance of an oral surgeon and an orthodontist.

If you are suffering from one or more symptoms of sleep apnea and feel your health is compromised, it is wise to seek medical treatment. Our expert in severe sleep apnea in Northridge can diagnose sleep apnea by administering an at-home or in-office sleep test.

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