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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea increases the risk of stroke, heart failure, heart disease, and liver problems. It is a dangerous condition but there are treatments. At Flossophy Dental in Edmonton, AB, we have been helping our patients regain a safe and restful night’s sleep with surgical procedures for sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where the throat closes during sleep and interrupts breathing. Patients with this condition can stop breathing a few times a night or hundreds of times per night. The lack of oxygen increases the risk of dangerous conditions in the body’s systems plus it causes a person to wake up each time they stop breathing (which often they do not remember). It causes severe daily fatigue which also affects any sleeping partners constantly being woken up.

In our Edmonton, AB office, we offer several options for surgery that can open up the airway and allow flow of oxygen. The first is called uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. This procedure removes excess tissue from the throat. The second procedure is called maxillomandibular advancement. This moves the jaw forward to open up more space in the back of the throat. The third procedure is a last resort option. It is called a tracheostomy. A tube is placed into the throat so that breathing is possible through the night. It is covered during the day for normal breathing.

Our doctors are experienced in treating sleep apnea and are committed to finding a solution for you. If you are struggling with sleep apnea, call Flossophy Dental of Edmonton, AB at (780) 306-9333 or visit our website, www.flossophydental.ca.

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