It may have just started off with your partner or family member letting you know that you snore really loud every night. However, the fatigue began to set in, and you found yourself waking up multiple times in the night for seemingly no reason. These are the usual first signs of sleep apnea.
If you have sleep apnea, you may have tried dozens of different methods to help alleviate the condition, probably with little success unless you have a prescribed CPAP machine. However, there is an alternative method to sleep apnea treatment that isn’t as widely talked about. Surgery. So let’s get into why surgical options can help your sleep apnea so you can decide if it’s best for you.
Sleep Apnea and Surgical Treatments
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it’s what is treated with different surgical options. The goal of surgery is to open whatever airway has a blockage in it. Your treatment provider will undergo a thorough and in-depth evaluation of the situation before suggesting certain surgeries. This is because treatment options will vary heavily depending on where the blockage is.
Why Not Just Use a CPAP?
CPAP machines have been and are the most common form of sleep apnea treatment due to their high rate of success. They provide constant air pressure to force the blockages open and air to be provided to the body. However, CPAP machines do have multiple inherent drawbacks.
They work great for as long as they are used. If a patient stops using it, decides not to use it every so often, or forgets to use it, they could be unintentionally damaging themselves. CPAP machines can be bulky, keep you tethered to the machine, require adjustment to get a proper face seal, and can be uncomfortable in bed.
These factors can lead certain patients to want solutions that are passive, and they don’t have to do anything to upkeep. That’s where surgical options are usually the solution, as they are designed to be permanent fixes with no upkeep.
Surgical treatment for sleep apnea is a broad and growing field that has proven to show a great amount of success. However, it’s important to choose a reliable surgeon who understands the entire scope of the airways. Dr. Leslie Sultan with The Sultan Center For Oral Facial Surgery takes full evaluation and takes pride in providing a comprehensive plan to fix your obstructive sleep apnea. So trust the experience, care, and confidence of Dr. Sultan and contact his staff at 954-771-8772 for a consultation today.