Patients can experience persistent breathing interruptions during their sleep, known as apneas. Most of the time, patients are not aware they have a sleep apnea condition, as most symptoms occur during sleep. It is common for a family member or partner to inform patients of their condition because they notice the disruptions while the patient is sleeping. When nonsurgical treatments are unsuccessful, sometimes surgical intervention sleep apnea can address the issue by clearing blockages in the airway through surgery. At Central Mass Oral Surgery, our oral surgeons are experts at correcting sleep apnea conditions through oral surgery procedures. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, contact our office staff at our Leominster, MA, or Gardner, MA, location to schedule your consultation. Drs. Colarusso and Baran will develop a treatment plan that is unique to your sleep apnea condition, allowing you to finally experience a good night’s sleep.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
It is sometimes difficult for sleep apnea patients to diagnose their own condition. Individuals who experience the following symptoms or notice them in their family members should seek treatment from a specialist.
- Loud snoring or choking sounds while asleep
- Pauses in breathing during sleep, which can last for seconds or even minutes
- Waking up abruptly while gasping or short of breath
- Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Sleepiness during the day after a full night’s sleep
- Mood changes including depression
It is important to schedule a consultation to maintain a healthy lifestyle without sleep disruptions. Sleep apnea conditions can cause long-term health problems such as serious cardiovascular complications.
Treatments for Sleep Apnea Conditions
There are many nonsurgical treatments for sleep apnea, including lifestyle changes, the use of a mouthguard, or assisted breathing devices, such as a CPAP machine. We always recommend nonsurgical treatment for sleep apnea before proceeding with a consultation for surgical intervention.
Some of the most common surgical procedures used to resolve sleep apnea include UPPP (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty), LAUP (laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty) and CPAP therapy (continuous positive airway pressure).
- A UPPP can be performed by one of our skilled oral surgeons to open the airway by removing tissue at the back of the throat (soft palate).
- The LAUP is a laser surgery performed to tighten the soft palate, correct the blockage in your throat, and improve your breathing.
During your consultation, Dr. Colarusso or Dr. Baran collect a full medical history, complete an oral examination, and 3D imaging when necessary. We will explain all your treatment options to determine the type of surgery required to correct your sleep apnea condition.
Sleep Apnea Treatment at Central Mass Oral Surgery
Our team provides personalized patient care to create a welcoming and comforting environment for each visit to our practice. Drs. Colarusso and Baran see patients in both of our offices in Leominster, MA, and Gardner, MA, and are happy to complete your sleep apnea consultation in the location most convenient for you. If you have questions regarding your sleep apnea condition or need assistance with scheduling an appointment, call our office and speak to a member of our friendly team.