Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where patients lose the ability to develop adequate oxygen levels while inspiring due to a blockage in their airway. This is a temporary blockage that happens when they’re asleep when the muscles relax and cause a cessation or a temporary decrease in the ability to generate enough of a breath to adequately oxygenate your blood while you’re asleep. The end result is a decreased blood oxygen level and an elevated co2 level which can have several long-term negative effects (mainly cardiovascular) where it can increase a patient’s risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure as well as causing morbidity in normal daily life activities from memory loss, inability to focus, increased risk of car accidents, and a general decrease in overall performance. The first thing that we need to do is verify that the patient does have severe or moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. This is done in conjunction with our sleep doctors, who perform a sleep study to verify that the patient has obstructive sleep apnea and not a central component.
We’re so excited to be able to offer the Inspire Therapy. What this device does is sends a electrical impulse based off your inspiration your breath in to your tongue that allows you to open up your airway to generate enough of a breath without decreased surface area of your airway to allow adequate oxygenation while you’re asleep. With the Inspire Therapy, patients go home the same day of the procedure and often follow up within a week’s time. Usually, we wait a period of approximately three to four weeks before their sleep doctor adjusts and titrates their device to allow maximal efficiency and usage.
One of the more common treatments that we offer for obstructive sleep apnea other than Inspire is maxillomandibular advancement surgery also known as MMA. What’s really exciting is that we can make all the incisions on the inside of your mouth so no one will really be able to see where your scars are most patients typically spend one night in the hospital, and often times tell us that’s at the best night of sleep that they’ve had for a long time. Not only does this give you a better night’s sleep, but it can also give you that confidence that some people lack when they’re looking in the mirror with the concern of having an abnormally shaped or what they perceive as a small jaw. This surgery in itself has been proven to be one of the most effective surgeries for obstructive sleep apnea. Often, we can get patients completely off the reliance on their CPAP, and this is a permanent change that can change their lives forever.