Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which the airway is obstructed during sleep, causing breathing to stop and start throughout the night. Sleep apnea can exacerbate other health issues such as hypertension and depression and it can be associated with an increased risk of heart problems and stroke as well as other diseases. If you think that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, we may be able to assist you with the AIRvance system.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
Loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, witnessed problems breathing at night.
Causes of Sleep Apnea:
Large tonsils, a large and/or obstructive tongue, tightness at the back of the throat, being overweight or obese, sleeping on your back. Men are at higher risk than women.
Dr. Davis performs this procedure in the hospital operating room. A small incision is made in the central neck and a delicate suspension system is placed to relieve or minimize obstruction at the back of the throat. Dr. Davis glues the skin back together so it is ok to shower the night of the procedure. The procedure takes up to 90 minutes and patients go home the following day. Medications are prescribed to control any discomfort and recovery time is about a week.
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed*