Treatment of sleep apnea
Do you know that according to the commonly known medical statistics snoring affects a significant percentage of Poles above 40 years of age? Snoring has become not only a social problem – in fact it is the most common symptom of life-threatening sleep apnea.
What is sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious and life-threatening condition. The most characteristic symptoms include: snoring, low sleep quality, constant fatigue, as well as arrhythmia, arterial hypertension and heart disease in the longer run. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) causes a chronic ischemia during sleep. When not treated, it may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Unfortunately, most of the patients is not aware of the risk and they learn about problems caused by snoring or temporal apnea from their close ones.
Sleep apnea – causes
It is believed that there are several causes of obstructive sleep apnea however, in every case, when we lay in horizontal position and the muscles of throat are relaxed during sleep, the upper respiratory tract collapses and restricts the air flow.
During sleep, the volume of upper respiratory tract decreases. The volume may further decrease due to enlarged palatine tonsils or too large tongue. Sometimes the problem is caused by muscles of the respiratory tract, which relax during sleep and collapse, changing the position of the maxilla.
Obstructive sleep apnea in the context of anatomy of the maxilla and mandible.
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea may result not only from laryngological conditions, such as tonsil hypertrophy, particular anatomy of the neck and obesity. It turns out that this problems may as well result from anatomy of the facial bones. The constitution of the face and retrograded lower jaw may predispose to obstructive sleep apnea.
You should consult a specialist in maxilla-fascial surgery if:
– you are slim , but you snore and cannot get enough sleep;
– your chin and lower jaw are retrograded;
Treatment of sleep apnea Warsaw
If the diagnosis of anatomical causes is confirmed, maxillary surgery is the only effective solution. During such operation the surgeon moves the maxilla forwards along with the soft tissues of the tongue and palatine therefore, opening the upper respiratory tract. The studies performer in the USA proved that the effectiveness of this procedures in management of the obstructive sleep apnea reaches as high as 95%.
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