Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea happens when you literally stop breathing while you sleep. In general, it is a part of a spectrum of a disease where the upper airway has too much resistance.

Although sleep apnea is easy to diagnose, uncovering the cause can be tricky. Just as Leo Tolstoy wrote “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”, The physicians of Sleep and Sinus Centers of Georgia believe “Every perfect upper airway is the same; every imperfect upper airway is different in its own way."

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Causes and Misconceptions

Sleep apnea is often traced to a nasal problem. Your nose may not be humidifying air well enough, or it may have constrictions as a result of swelling from previous conditions, hyperallergic responses, polyps, or even acid reflux.

A lot of doctors view sleep apnea as one diagnosis. If you have it, you need to lose weight. This couldn’t be further from the truth; many healthy young people with long-term nasal problems acquire this condition as well.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral Appliance Therapy offers patients a non-surgical option for treating their sleep apnea. It functions as a tool to maintain an unobstructed, open airway to facilitate proper breathing during sleep. While there are over-the-counter versions of this tool, a custom-made oral appliance has proven to be more effective at treating sleep apnea.

For more information, contact the Sleep and Sinus Centers of Georgia, or make your consultation appointment online.

Specialized Treatment from Sleep and Sinus Centers of Georgia

When evaluated for sleep apnea, you need a doctor who knows the importance of nasal health and anatomy.

They need to look at the way your nose connects to your face, sinuses, the septum, the palate, and the sinus structures above the larynx.

Our Physicians will look for the site of resistance increase. The nose, tongue base, opening into the nose, and nostrils all need to be evaluated by a person who is experienced in looking at these kinds of problems. Our cutting-edge VOAT Procedure is a desirable alternative to CPAP and is a permanent solution to treating sleep apnea. Our own Dr. Dillard was the first to perform this procedure in Georgia and has been featured in the media for his contributions to the medical field.

Are There Surgical Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea can be caused by a variety of different factors. Some of these factors, such as those related to the tongue base or tonsils, can be treated surgically. Learn more here:

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