Thursday, July 9, 2015

Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Philadelphia, PA

While sleeping, for some, tissue in the throat can block the air passage and cause sleep apnea. When untreated, sleep apnea can be dangerous and cause harm to many of the body’s systems. The doctors here at Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center in Philadelphia, PA provide several surgical procedures to improve breathing throughout the night and control sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can cause a person to stop breathing from a range of a few times per night to hundreds of times per night. This causes loud snoring and disrupted sleep. Due to the lack of oxygen and sleep, sleep apnea can result in higher risks of heart failure, heart disease, stroke, and liver problems.

Here at Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center, we can help solve sleep apnea and introduce a safe, restful night of sleep for our patients suffering from the complications. There are three surgical procedures we perform. The first is an uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, a procedure that removes excess tissue from the upper throat and mouth. The second procedure, called maxillomandibular advancement, moves the jaw forward, creating more room behind the soft palate. When these treatments do not work to solve sleep apnea, a tracheostomy may be performed. A tube is inserted through the neck for breathing at night. It can be covered during the day and only used when needed; while sleeping.

If you are suffering with sleep apnea, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with us here at Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center in Philadelphia, PA. Call us at (215) 279-1193 or visit our website,

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