Should I Get Surgery for Sleep Apnea?
by Dr. Scott Bolding
Why Should I Consider Surgery?
When you find out you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. Untreated sleep apnea can have a major impact on both your physical and mental health.
The lack of sleep caused by sleep apnea increases your chance of:
- Car accidents caused by daytime sleepiness
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
Let's Get Back to Normal.
It’s time to get the sleep you deserve. You don’t have to keep on living with the constant daytime sleepiness and other effects of sleep apnea. Schedule a consultation with our sleep apnea specialists today and start getting your life back.
There are several different ways to treat sleep apnea. The right treatment should make it possible to get the sleep you need every night. In many cases, the CPAP is the first line of defense for OSA. These more conservative options will help you breathe and sleep better at night.
However, there will be many patients who can eliminate their CPAP by choosing surgery. The main difference between CPAP and surgery is that surgery will get to the root of the problem. This means we address exactly what is causing your sleep apnea, leading to a better night’s sleep without having to be hooked up to a machine every night.
Surgery Can Eliminate Your CPAP
The most common treatment option for sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. The CPAP blows pressurized air through a mask into your nose. This air helps keep your airway open while you sleep. CPAP machines can be extremely effective in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. In fact, the CPAP has become the first line of defense against OSA. Many patients find that they experience fewer apnea episodes during the night which leads to better sleep and more energy during the day.
Even though CPAP is the most common treatment for OSA, it doesn’t always work for everyone. Part of this is because many patients find it uncomfortable and hard to use consistently. Studies have shown that 50% of CPAP patients won’t use their machines long-term. The mask is often uncomfortable and the machine can be loud. Additionally, most patients become dependent on CPAP and are unable to sleep without it. Many patients struggle with the idea of being hooked up to this machine for the rest of their lives.
Surgery Addresses the Underlying ProblemsPatients who struggle with using their CPAP should consider surgery as an alternative. The right procedure can completely eliminate your need for CPAP. There are often underlying problems in the airway that can lead to sleep apnea. These problems include:
- Jaw size
- Excess tissue in the airway
- Tonsils and adenoids
- Deviated septum
- Tongue size
What Are the Risks and Benefits of Sleep Apnea Surgery?As with any medical treatment, there will be risks as well as benefits to sleep apnea surgery. These are all things you should discuss with a doctor before making your decision.
Risks of Sleep Apnea SurgeryMany of the risks associated with sleep apnea surgery are common with any type of surgery, such as:
- Reactions to anesthesia
Benefits of Sleep ApneaThe biggest benefit of sleep apnea surgery is that in many cases you can almost completely eliminate the use of your CPAP machine. You can get the sleep you need without being hooked up to a clunky machine every night. As you start to sleep better you will begin to notice a change in both your mental and physical health. You’ll be able to focus better during the day. You won’t have to worry about falling asleep while you’re working or driving. With the energy you get from sleeping better you’ll be able to be more active.
Is Surgery for Sleep Apnea Right For You?
The truth is you don’t have to spend the rest of your life hooked up to a CPAP in order to get the sleep your body needs. If we determine that surgery is the right option for you, we can help you eliminate your need for the CPAP altogether. If you are ready to take that step our sleep apnea specialists are here to help you make the right decision. We will make sure you get the right treatment for your specific case. Our goal no matter what is to make sure you get the sleep you deserve.