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Sleep Apnea Las Vegas

Sleep apnea is a serious health condition where your breathing repeatedly slows down or stops up to a hundred times at night. Patients suffering from this disease can benefit from sleep apnea treatment in Las Vegas by our specialists at Sahara Dental who can perform a variety of surgical procedures. If left untreated, this condition has far worse consequences than snoring; it puts you at risk of stroke, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Here are the various treatments for sleep apnea;

Nasal congestion

Obstructive sleep apnea that is a result of nasal congestion can be treated in a number of ways. It all depends on the cause of congestion, i.e., a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates and adenoids, polyps and allergies. If the congestion is caused by allergies, nasal spray can be used to treat the condition. A deviated septum requires a surgical procedure called septoplasty. Turbinate reduction is also used for nasal obstruction by removing the curved structures that protrude from the nose sides. Turbinates can become enlarged due to allergies although they can be reduced using medication.

Soft palate problems

Excess soft palate tissue can result in sleep apnea if not addressed in time. This requires surgical intervention like uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) where excess tissue is removed or repositioned to widen the airway. Laser-assisted uvuloplasty is another sleep apnea Las Vegas treatment where the soft palate is cut to form a scar that tightens the tissue. Apart from cutting out soft palate tissue, the oral surgeon can reposition the muscles or remove tonsils. Palatal implants are an alternative to treating palate related sleep apnea. It involves placement of fiber rods inside the soft palate tissues and consequently makes the tissues stiff to avoid blockage.

Tongue complications

Sometimes the back of the tongue is the culprit in airway blockage. If this is the case, sleep apnea Las Vegas specialists can perform lingualplasty or glossectomy where the back part of the tongue is cut. This is a rare procedure though. If the tongue falls back when sleeping and blocks the throat, genioglossus advancement procedure can be employed. For this procedure, the main tongue attachment (hyoid bone) is moved forward to create space.

Throat blockage

Other times, throat blockage can result in sleep apnea. Again, the hyoid bone can be suspended to unblock the airway in the throat. The hyoid bone attaches the tongue and epiglottis and pushing it forward opens up space. Radiofrequency Volumetric Tissue Reduction (RFVTR) procedure is also used to correct throat congestion by shrinking the tissues in the throat and allow more air to pass. RFVTR can also be conducted on the tonsils, soft palate, tongue and nose turbinates.

Other procedures can be used for severe sleep apnea like maxillomandibular osteotomy or maxillomandibular advancement. These two procedures move the upper or lower jaw forward to create breathing space in the throat. Jawbone is cut and allowed to heal in a few months, and you might be required to have your jaws wired shut for a few days. Another drastic procedure is tracheostomy, used for life-threatening sleep apnea. A hollow tube is inserted in the throat and is blocked during the day to allow normal breathing and talking. During the night, the tube is unplugged to allow breathing without obstruction.

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