Struggling with sleep apnea? We can help you rediscover a restful sleep.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects 5 to 10% of the population and can have many negative repercussions on your health. For the purposes of offering a complete range of care and services to our patients, Clinique MFML provides solutions and treatments to rid you of this affliction and regain a better quality of life.
Sleep apnea at a glance
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by different degrees of breathing cessation when someone is asleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: central, obstructive or mixed. It is categorized as central when the act of breathing (controlled from the brain) is no longer performed for a certain time. Obstructive sleep apnea is due to blockage of the upper airway.
Soft tissue collapse in the airway such as the tongue causes the obstruction and reduce the volume of air that can access the lungs. Breathing takes place, but the air remains partially or completely blocked. This is the most common form of sleep apnea. The mixed type combines these two forms in the same sleep period.
In recent years, a greater awareness of this condition has been demonstrated both at the public level and in the medical field. Sleep apnea can affect children as well as adults. Excess weight and obesity, hypertension, a small lower jaw and some facial malformations are recognized risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea.
At Clinique MFML, we are committed to treating obstructive sleep apnea as it can originate from an orofacial anomaly or a jaw malocclusion and falls within our maxillofacial surgeons’ field of expertise and training.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious effects on your health. These include high blood pressure, heart disease, poor quality of life due to excessive drowsiness, strokes and type 2 diabetes. It is therefore important to consult an expert immediately if you suspect you have it.
Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea
Since the main symptoms occur when you are awake, it is important to take the time to evaluate your overall well-being. Also, if you sleep with another person, it would be important to ask them if your nightly behaviors are normal.
Here are some symptoms to check for:
- Excessive snoring;
- Breathing cessation during sleep;
- Daytime drowsiness;
- Irritability and mood changes;
- Headaches and memory problems;
- Feeling more tired in the morning than at bedtime.
There are different tests that allow you to detect and diagnose sleep apnea. One of our surgeons can provide guidance and will suggest suitable treatments for your situation.
Clinique MFML offers alternative surgical treatments to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices and mandibular advancement appliance. Orthognathic surgery is an effective treatment option when CPAP or mandibular advancement appliance is not tolerated or sufficient.
Using this procedure, our maxillofacial surgeons will relieve the obstruction responsible for obstructive sleep apnea and expand the airway by advancing the upper and lower jaws. In addition to the orthognathic procedure, a surgical advancement of the genioglossus (muscles of the base of the tongue) can be performed.