Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can significantly impact your quality of life and overall health. It occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, leading to interruptions in breathing. These interruptions can happen multiple times throughout the night and may last from a few seconds to over a minute. When breathing is disrupted, oxygen levels in the blood drop, which can put stress on your heart and other vital organs. If left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to severe health issues such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and even diabetes.

Common signs of sleep apnea include loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, extreme daytime fatigue, morning headaches, insomnia and waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat. Mood changes, depression and irritability are also associated with sleep apnea due to the constant sleep disturbances. Recognizing these symptoms early can be crucial in seeking appropriate treatment.

While many cases of sleep apnea can be managed with lifestyle changes or noninvasive treatments like CPAP therapy or oral appliances, more severe cases might require surgical intervention. Here are some of the surgical options our dentist may recommend to treat sleep apnea:

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP): This common procedure involves removing excess tissue from the soft palate and throat to prevent airway collapse.
  • Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUPP): Similar to UPPP, this procedure uses a laser to remove tissue and is often less invasive.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): This treatment reduces the size of the tongue and other soft tissues that obstruct the airway, using radiofrequency energy to tighten the soft palate.
  • Palatal Implants: Small plastic rods are implanted into the soft palate to stiffen it, preventing it from collapsing and blocking the airway.
  • Jaw Surgery: Also known as maxillomandibular advancement, this surgery repositions the upper and lower jaws to enlarge the airway and improve airflow.

If you suspect you have sleep apnea or have been diagnosed with this condition, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional to discuss your treatment options. Our experienced team is here to help you understand the best approach to manage your sleep apnea, including potential surgical treatments. Contact State Street Dental at 208-939-1700 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gregory Davis and learn more about surgical sleep apnea treatment in Boise, Idaho.