About Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is disrupted during sleep. People with sleep apnea stop breathing for ten seconds or more, and this can occur hundreds of times nightly. Patients who visit miVIP Surgery Centers for a procedure like UPPP Uvuloplasty or adenoid removal will not only sleep better, but also prevent serious health problems. Sleep apnea first became the subject of widespread attention and research about thirty years ago. Since then, treatment options have advanced significantly. Unfortunately, there are still a high number of people who suffer from the condition.

Sleep Apnea Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 50 million Americans have sleep or wakeful disorders, while the National Sleep Foundation reports that upwards of 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Many victims are not even aware that they have the condition.

Causes and Risk Factors

There are two types of sleep apnea, central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t properly control the muscles involved in breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is more prevalent, happens when tissue in the back of the throat obstructs the airways. OSA can be treated through procedures like UPPP Uvuloplasty or adenoid removal. Even children may develop sleep apnea, but older and overweight males are most likely to have the condition. People with large tonsils, a large tongue, or a family history are also at an increased risk.

Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Symptoms of sleep deprivation are common signs of sleep apnea. People afflicted with sleep apnea may experience the following:
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Sore or dry throat
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
Snoring is also a very common sign of sleep apnea. The severity of these symptoms can help determine the appropriate treatment.

Treatment Options

Generally, people with sleep apnea must participate in a sleep study so that a doctor can determine the severity of the issue. In some cases, an oral appliance or a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine can help keep the airway open. Certain lifestyle changes may also alleviate the condition. In other cases, surgery may be necessary. Adenoid removal, in which the adenoid gland just above the roof of the mouth is removed, is one option. At miVIP, surgeons also perform UPPP uvuloplasty, in which soft tissues like the tonsils and uvula are removed from the back of the throat.

Sleep Apnea Prognosis

If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of all of the following problems:
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
However, effective treatment can reduce the likelihood of these conditions developing. Today, there are various options that have improved the quality of life of countless people with sleep apnea. If you are interested in learning more about sleep apnea treatment options like UPPP uvuloplasty and adenoid removal that are offered at miVIP Surgery Centers, please call us today at 855-496-4847.

Procedures:

  • Adenoid Removal
  • UPPP Uvuloplasty