Many adults suffer from the inability to breath properly at night. In some cases, this can be severe and results in many other serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease. If you are an adult and your significant other states that you periodically stop breathing at night, it would be a good idea to go to the Internet and “Google” obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). You will find an abundance of information, including all of the health risks associated with this medical problem.
The Cone Beam CT that Dr. Way takes at your initial exam will provide the airway volume and data on the most constricted part of your airway. If indicated, Dr. Way works closely with pulmonologists (sleep doctors) in diagnosing OSA. Sometimes, airway can be dangerously small, as shown below. When these individuals go to sleep, the tongue will relax and drop back, blocking the airway.
Some of the typical symptoms of OSA are significant day time tiredness, dozing off or falling asleep easily during the daytime, high blood pressure, and weight gain. Orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) is one treatment modality that can correct this problem, and it is statistically the most successful treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. By bringing the upper and lower jaw forward, the airway becomes much longer and the problem is corrected. The change in the airway below is a typical obstructive sleep apnea surgical correction.
The most constricted part of the airway experienced a 460% increase after surgery.