Sleep Apnea

If you already know you suffer with sleep apnea and would like to discuss your best options for surgical correction, we look forward to meeting you, and helping you and your loved ones enjoy a restful and healthy night’s sleep.

-Dr.Holtzen

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder caused by a collapse of the airway during sleep that forces the sufferer to wake up in order to breathe. This causes sleep apnea sufferers to fall asleep and wake up and fall asleep and wake up repeatedly all night long. In severe cases, a sleep apnea patient will wake up and fall asleep up to 70 times in an hour.

Sleep apnea affects an estimated 18 million Americans – disturbing their sleep at night, stealing their alertness during the day, and greatly harming their long-term health and wellness. While non-surgical treatments are available to help sleep apnea sufferers, a large number of patients are frustrated with the often uncomfortable and cumbersome CPAP machines.

Sleep Apnea Facts

Sleep apnea can cause or exacerbate the following health issues:

  • Snoring and lack of sleep.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Cardiovascular disease and heart failure.
  • Stroke.
  • Cancer.
  • Diabetes.
  • Obesity and difficulties losing weight.
  • Increase risk of accidents due to a lack of mental alertness

Common results after sleep apnea treatment at Alpine Oral and Facial Surgery:

  • Uninterrupted sleep and dreaming.
  • A reduction in or alleviation of snoring.
  • Metabolism changes that assist with weight loss.
  • Higher levels of mental clarity and attentiveness.
  • Alleviation of many forms of depression and anxiety.
  • A lowered risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and other diseases.

Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA) Surgery:

Our sleep apnea surgery of choice:

Maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) surgery moves both the upper and lower jaw of the patient forward, creating a larger airway, eliminating mechanical obstructions, and literally giving you more room to breathe freely.

Quick Facts About MMA Surgery for Sleep Apnea:

• MMA surgery is up to 99 percent effective and has been accepted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

• The MMA procedure is an alternative to more invasive surgeries like a tracheotomy  or Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).

• A recent study of 50 patients  found that MMA surgery not only greatly improved sleep apnea symptoms, but also decreased patient blood pressure and body mass index over time. In this study, MMA had a success rate of 100 percent.

• Many MMA surgery patients can stop using their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine after treatment.

Find Out if You Are an Ideal Candidate for Sleep Apnea Surgery at Alpine Oral and Facial Surgery

Imagine waking up feeling refreshed. Imagine packing away your CPAP machine. Imagine finally finding a solution to your sleep apnea and all of the heartache that it creates. At Alpine Oral and Facial Surgery, we are dedicated to helping you improve your health, improve your life, and finally get a good night’s sleep.

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