A restful night of sleep is essential to your health and well-being. At Jones ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery, we embrace a team approach to evaluating and treating sleep apnea. We arrange for comprehensive sleep evaluation with Home Sleep Studies and/or Overnight Sleep Studies, if indicated. Our team of sleep experts includes a sleep medicine physician, cardiologist, and ENT surgeon.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that involves repeated breathing interruptions during sleep. These interruptions may occur many times each night, resulting from structural abnormalities or brain malfunctions. During normal breathing, air passes through the nose, past the flexible structures in the back of the throat. When a person is awake, the muscles hold this airway open. Sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway and airflow are blocked while a person is sleeping. This causes the oxygen levels to drop in both in the brain and the blood and results in shallow breathing or breathing pauses during sleep.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Waking up with a headache in the morning
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud snoring
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Abrupt awakenings during the night
- Shortness of breath that awakens them from sleep
Causes of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can happen for many reasons. Certain factors may put certain people at risk for developing sleep apnea, which include:
- Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
- Cardiovascular problems
- Family history
- Nasal congestion
- Throat and tongue muscles that are more relaxed than normal
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Jones ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery offer patients a variety of medical, dental, and surgical options for treating sleep apnea and snoring. Dr. Jones is one of a few surgeons in the US to offer the new FDA-approved, surgical option for treating sleep apnea, InspireSleep⁄™ device that allows patients to sleep without nasal CPAP (www.inspiresleep.com).
Sleep apnea may be treated with lifestyle changes such as losing weight, minimizing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking. Individuals who suffer from severe cases of sleep apnea that may lead to serious medical conditions, may benefit from surgery. The goal of most surgical procedures is to remove the excess tissue from the nose or throat and open upper air passages to facilitate breathing.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are suffering from sleep apnea and interested in receiving treatment from Dr. Jones, call (405) 418-5400 to schedule a consultation. Jones ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery serves Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.