Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Randall D. Stastny, DMD -  - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc.

Randall D. Stastny, DMD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Cincinnati, OH

An estimated 18 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which you intermittently awaken in the middle of the night because of blocked breathing. At Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc., expert surgeon Dr. Randall Stastny provides surgery and oral appliances to help correct this sleep disorder that can seriously interfere with your health. If you live in Cincinnati or the surrounding area, call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about your options for treating sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Q&A

Why is sleep apnea a concern?

Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing repeatedly starts and stops during sleep due to collapsing throat tissue. Sleep apnea is associated with higher risks of hypertension, coronary artery disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, impotence, mortality, and cognitive problems. With this disorder, you are at risk of falling asleep at the wheel and making serious mistakes at work.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Heavy snorers often have sleep apnea. Other symptoms include:

  • Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep witnessed by your partner
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
  • Morning headaches
  • Insomnia and excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability and attention problems

How is sleep apnea treated?

You may find successful treatment for sleep apnea by using a specially-made oral appliance. This tool helps keep your airway open so your breathing remains consistent while you sleep.

If CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure fails to resolve your sleep apnea problems, you may consider surgery. Telegnathic, or jaw advancement surgery, is a possible treatment option that’s proven to be quite effective. The procedure increases the size of the nasal and oral airways and may be the most successful treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

Airlift, or hyoid suspension, is another alternative to CPAP machines, oral appliances, and jaw surgery. The procedure lifts the area around the U-shaped bone in the neck, known as the hyoid bone. This bone attaches the muscles of the tongue, along with other muscles and soft tissues around the throat. By lifting it slightly with an implant, your airway can comfortably open and sleep apnea symptoms are alleviated as a result.

How do I know which sleep apnea treatments are right for me?

Dr. Stastny examines your condition, symptoms, throat, and oral cavity to recommend a treatment that’s right for you. He also works closely with other healthcare professionals who are trained to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea. If oral surgery is the best option, he will guide you through the entire process.

Find out about alternative treatments for sleep apnea to improve your health and quality of sleep by calling Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc. or booking an appointment online.