Our practice can provide oral surgery to help sleep apnea. The excess tissue in the throat that is vibrating and blocking the upper air passages is removed. To determine if you are in need of one of these treatments, our dentist, Dr. Stella O. Nnadi will need to examine and diagnose your condition first.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea to look out for are:
- Excessive drowsiness in waking hours
- Moodiness and overall change in demeanor or personality
- Trouble sleeping
- Dry or sore throat in the morning
- Headaches in the morning
One surgical procedure we can offer is a Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). This procedure involves removing the excess tissue from the upper mouth and throat. This procedure is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia.
Maxillomandibular advancement is another type of procedure used to assist with sleep apnea. This procedure involves the upper and lower part of the jaw. In this procedure, the jaw is moved forward from the rest of the facial bones. This allows more room behind the soft palate, thereby reducing the obstruction.
Finally, a tracheostomy is a last-ditch effort when other treatments have failed. This involves the surgeon inserting a tube in your throat so you can breathe. It is covered during the day but opens at night while you sleep. All of the aforementioned surgeries are routine and very safe. If you have any questions about these treatments for sleep apnea in Charlotte, North Carolina, please call our dental office in at 704-688-7588 for more info.