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Sleep Apnea | Dr. Paul Cho

“Hey, this is Dr. Paul Cho, Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon here at Atlanta’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Center. Today, I wanted to talk to you guys about sleep apnea and the type of surgery that we perform here for treatment of this disease. Obstructive sleep apnea is a partial or complete collapse of the airway, which leads to cessation of airflow or oxygenation during sleep. This leads to many nighttime awakenings, gasping for air, which you can imagine makes it difficult for anyone to enter into a deep stage sleep.

Deep sleep has been linked to the function of something called the glymphatic system, which is essentially…you could think of it as the lymphatic system of the central nervous system. The role of this system is to flush out toxic waste products from the brain, for example, TAL proteins, or beta amyloids which have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. So you can imagine that people with sleep apnea have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Sleep apnea has also been linked with many other systemic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes. It increases your risk of stroke and heart attack, and even depression.

So some of the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are loud snoring, frequent nighttime awakenings. Your partner may even say that they witness you gasping for air, extreme daytime fatigue, and low energy.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that, unfortunately, many people are undiagnosed and have actually become numb to living in this sleep-deprived state. But we want to let you know here at Atlanta Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, that there’s a surgical option and treatment for this disease. We specialize in this type of surgery for treatment of sleep apnea. It’s called maxilla mandibular advancement. And essentially what we do during this surgery is that we reposition your upper and lower jaw to increase your airway space. It’s a very safe outpatient procedure that we do here in the office. You go home the same day. We have a nurse that goes home with you for postoperative care.

Things to expect after this type of surgery is swelling to your face. You’re not wired shut so you can open and close your mouth. Main thing after surgery is that you’re gonna be on a soft diet for six weeks, similar to our patients who have corrective jaw surgery. What’s also very nice is that we do everything in this office, so there’s no hospital fees that you need to pay.

Thanks again for watching. I’m Dr. Paul Cho. If you think you suffer from sleep apnea and are looking to talk to someone about treatment for this disease, please come into our Alpharetta or Brookhaven offices for a consultation.”

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