Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by shallow breaths or long pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses and/or shallow breaths cause a disruption in your sleeping pattern, moving you from a deep sleep state to a light sleep state. If you’re dealing with sleep apnea, you will often be very tired in the morning, even though you slept through the night.
A surgical method of treatment may be right for you if
- Other changes in your lifestyle, such as avoiding alcohol, sleeping on your side, quitting smoking, or losing weight do not correct the problem.
- Using a lower jaw advancement device or breathing devices, like the CPAP machine, causes you pain or discomfort, or you have not had success in using these devices in the past.
The surgical procedure to correct sleep apnea may be simple enough to perform in the office, or it may require short hospitalization, depending on your condition’s severity. The procedure involves removing, shrinking, or stiffening excess tissue in the mouth and throat, or possibly resetting the position of the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both jaws to widen breathing passages.
If you believe you could benefit from surgical treatment of your sleep apnea, please make an appointment, and the surgeons at Utah Surgical Arts will present to you all of your options and discuss a treatment plan that may help you get a good night’s sleep.
Where can I get sleep apnea treated in Utah County?
Drs. Harris, Park, and Brown of Utah Surgical Arts maintain two practice offices located in Provo, Payson, and South Jordan, UT, serving all of Utah County and Salt Lake County and are available to schedule your surgery at either of their locations.