Sleep Apnea

Dr. Cross Doster treats  patients who suffer from Sleep Apnea and Snoring.

Sleep Apnea is a dangerous condition that causes a person to stop breathing for periods of time during sleep. Sleep apnea has taken the lives of many people. Apnea can also lead to a variety of problems, including daytime sleepiness, cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, increased stress, diabetes, liver problems, and a variety of other issues. Sleep Apnea can be treated in different ways, depending on what type of apnea has been diagnosed. To be diagnosed with sleep apnea, you need to see a sleep doctor, or a physician who specializes in sleep disorders. Many people who suffer from sleep apnea can be treated with non-invasive techniques by a dentist. Our doctors at Doster Dental can make appliances that are FDA approved to treat sleep apnea and snoring. For more questions about our treatment modalities for sleep apnea and snoring, call and make an appointment with Dr. Cross Doster.

Using oral surgery to help sleep apnea seeks to remove the excess tissue in the throat that is vibrating and blocking the upper air passages. One surgical procedure is an Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). This procedure involves removing the excess tissue from the upper mouth and throat. This procedure in performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. Maxillomandibular advancement is another type of procedure used to assist with sleep apnea. This procedure involves the upper and lower part of the jaw. In this procedure, the jaw is moved forward from the rest of the facial bones. This allows more room behind the soft palate, thereby reducing the obstruction. Finally a Tracheostomy is a last ditch effort when other treatments have failed. This involves the surgeon inserting a tube in your throat so you can breathe. It is covered during the day, but opens at night while you sleep. All of the aforementioned surgeries are routine and very safe.

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