Sleep Apnea Care
Treating the cause of snoring at the source is important. At Masdon ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery, we will start with an expert evaluation of your upper airway performed by a board certified ENT physician. After a comprehensive evaluation is complete, we’ll recommend the treatment that is right for you. It may be as simple as a twenty-minute procedure.
Let Masdon ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery help you get a good night’s sleep at last and rediscover how to wake up feeling refreshed. To learn more about this procedure and schedule your evaluation, call (256) 571-8450 today.
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by the unconscious decrease or halt in airflow despite an ongoing effort to breathe. This lead to partial reduction and complete pauses in breathing that usually last longer than 10 seconds during sleep. Severe instances can occur for longer than a minute and significantly lower the amount of oxygen intake.
- Sleep apnea in adults leads to lack of energy and daytime sleepiness
- Significant sleep apnea decreases your lifespan
- Sleep apnea increases the risk of hypertension, stroke and myocardial infarction by 2-3 times.
- More than 50% of people suffering from type 2 diabetes have some form of sleep apnea.
- 1 in 5 adults suffer from some form of sleep apnea
- 8 out of 10 people who have sleep apnea are currently undiagnosed.
Factors associated with sleep apnea include snoring with irregular breathing while asleep, daytime sleepiness, obesity, large base of tongue, large neck circumference, high blood pressure, alcohol use, family history, and lack of energy.
TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION OF THE TONGUE BASE PROCEDURE
This is a groundbreaking surgical procedure to treat sleep apnea that can now be performed in the office setting that is proven to be a unique, effective alternative to the CPAP machine. Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue directs small amounts of targeted energy to the base of the tongue in the back of the throat using a small needle. The entire office visit lasts less than 30 minutes while the targeted energy delivery to the treatment area (the actual RFA surgery) lasts less than a minute. Following the procedure, the treated area heals and the tissue is tightened and reduced in size. This tightening of the tongue and size reduction will directly prevent the tongue from blocking the airway while the patient is sleeping. The recovery period is very mild and tongue soreness resolves in 1 to 2 days. You can resume a normal diet in 2 hours after the procedure.
Benefits of procedure:
- Improves sleep
- Improves energy level, concentration and memory
- Decreases the risk of heart disease
- Decreases the risk of heart failure
- Decreases the risk of stroke
This is a Medicare approved procedure with a 20% deductible per treatment. Results are usually obtained in 4-6 treatments. Secondary insurance coverage is variable. We accept cash, check, Mastercard or Visa. We also have a payment plan available.
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