Snoring & Sleep Apnea, Phoenix AZ

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in a person's throat collapses and the tongue is sucked completely against the back of the throat and blocks the airway during sleep. The blood-oxygen level then drops low enough that the brain signals the body to wake up and gasp for breath.

This happens so quickly that the sleeper usually does not remember it. In a given night, the number of involuntary breathing pauses or "apneic events" may be as high as 30 or more per hour. These breathing pauses are usually accompanied by snoring between apnea episodes, although not everyone who snores has this condition. With snoring caused by OSA, the person appears to catch their breath or gasp. Thus they will periodically make a choking, snorting or gasping sound when the airway reopens.

Research has linked obtructive sleep apnea to significant health problems such high blood pressure, stroke, chronic drowsiness, heart disease, and mood disorders.  OSA reduces the amount of oxygen that flows through the body, putting a great deal of stress on the body. 

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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Phoenix AZ

The first step is a thorough evaluation to determine the specific cause of the snoring or apnea. Through the use of advanced imaging and diagnostic techniques, Dr. Day and Dr. Kim can determine the best course of treatment. 

In some cases, obstructive snoring or sleep apnea can be remedied through non-surgical treatments such as:

  • Lifestyle changes, (such as sleeping on the side rather than the back)
  • Diet and exercise
  • Oral or dental appliances
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
    (which holds the throat and airway open using air pressure)
  • Medications

If non-surgical treatments are not effective, a surgical alternative may be considered.  The specific type of surgery recommended will vary depending on the cause of the obstructive snoring or apnea which can differ from one individual to the next.  Some common surgical procedures to eliminate obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Nasal airway surgery
  • Tightening or loosening of airway tissues
  • Tongue reduction
  • Palate implants
  • Corrective Jaw Surgery