According to research, most people with obstructive sleep apnea don’t know they have it. This condition causes regular stoppages in breathing when someone is asleep. Consequently, the patient gasps for air and wakes up repeatedly, which affects their sleeping patterns. At times, sleep apnea sounds like snoring.
If left untreated, this condition can result in various health problems such as mental illness, low immunity, memory loss, and increased risk of heart attack. It has also been associated with an increased risk of road accidents because patients tend to fall asleep while driving. Fortunately, there are several effective treatments for OSA, including breathing devices, surgery, and medication. Additionally, some home care remedies and lifestyle changes are quite effective.
While these noninvasive interventions should be the first line of defense, most patients tend to lose interest after a short while. For instance, many people on positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy complain of being unable to wear the tight gas mask when sleeping. In that case, surgery is one of the only feasible options for most patients. There are several surgical options for OSA patients, most of which target specific areas of obstruction. Obstruction can occur anywhere within a patient’s upper respiratory tract, but it mostly occurs in the nose, throat, and tongue. Here are some of the surgical options available for obstructive sleep apnea patients.
Nasal obstruction and nasal congestion are known to be major contributors to the risk of OSA. Therefore, nasal surgery can be an effective remedy for this condition. The main parts of the nose that cause problems include the septum, nasal valve, and turbinate. That’s why most nasal surgeries focus on the reduction of septum and turbinate. This procedure is quite simple and not overly complicated. It involves straightening the septum and reducing the turbinate. The idea is to create enough room to ensure that air passes through the nose smoothly. If the nasal valve has collapsed, then the drifted cartilage detached from the septum can be strategically positioned to tighten the valve and stop any further collapse.
Lower Jaw Improvement
Deviation of the maxillofacial structure is another major contributor to obstructive sleep apnea. This deviation usually occurs when a person has small, thin jaws. It results in a condensed airway dimension, leading to night-time obstructions. Improving the maxillomandibular helps to enlarge the upper airway by expanding the bone structure encircling the airway. This surgery involves the mobilization of the upper and lower jaws and enlarging them by 10-12mm.
In conclusion, it takes a combination of different interventions to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Therefore, you should talk to your doctor for advice on the best options for you.