Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment
Because sleep apnea will not just make you feel tired (and wake your partner up as well) but can actually be quite serious, even moderate cases should be treated as soon as possible. Besides the obvious danger from your breathing stopping, even for very short periods of time, there are a number of other health risks such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and motor vehicle accidents.
When it comes to treatment, a variety of surgical and non-surgical options are available. Medical options include positive pressure, oral appliances, and weight loss. Many of these treatment options depend on your ability to stick to the regimens regularly, even long-term, to be most effective. In patients having difficulty with other treatments, surgical procedures for the nose and throat can be beneficial as well. Surgical treatments include radiofrequency turbinate reduction (RFTR, shrinks swollen tissues in nose), procedures which aim to enlarge and stabilize the airway in the upper portion of the throat, tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy, procedures that reduce the size of the tongue, orthodontic procedures like palatal stiffening, surgery for a deviated septum, or treatments for many of the other conditions described on this site that block the airways.
You may have already learned about many of the overlapping causes in our other sections, and so you would be familiar with many of these types of surgeries, but know that medications can also sometimes be effective. Sprays for the nose and throat can make life much simpler; however, if you find you need a more in-depth procedure, call us and we will assuage your anxiety. We offer many non-invasive, outpatient procedures that last only a few hours and leave you with minimal discomfort during recovery and maximum relief.