What is Sleep Apnea?

There is no doubt about it: breathing is essential to life. The simple act of inhaling and exhaling fills our bodies with oxygen. Our brains and muscles cannot function without it, and both mentally and physically, a lack of oxygen can have disastrous effects.

Sleep Apnea

During the day, breathing happens so easily that we rarely think about it at all. But, what happens at night, as you sleep, when the act of breathing isn’t so easy? Millions of adults suffer from a condition known as sleep apnea, in which breathing while sleeping is a challenge.

Sometimes, the condition is caused by improper brain function. Whereas the brain would normally prompt the body to inhale and exhale, a patient with sleep apnea may not receive those brain signals. The result is a failure to breathe regularly, and the lack of oxygen can create a major health risk.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

More often, the brain is able to send the appropriate breathing signals, but the airways of the nose, mouth, or throat is blocked, hindering the process. The blockage can be the result of the tongue or soft palate relaxing across the opening of the throat. It can be exacerbated by obesity or constricted nasal passages. This form of apnea, called obstructive sleep apnea, is more common and can render the same unhealthy results.

Both forms of sleep apnea tend to occur frequently throughout the night, harming your organs and interrupting your sleep pattern.
Imagine how your quality of life, energy, and mental stamina would be affected by a lack of oxygen and a lack of sleep. You’d probably snore quite loudly, feel groggy and tired during the day, feel irritable, and find it challenging to concentrate. Severe cases can lead to depression, weight gain, and car accidents or workplace injuries.

Fortunately, your oral surgeon can help treat various sleep apnea levels using surgical and non-surgical methods. It’s the right choice for your mental and physical health. 

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Larry Wolford’s office using our online contact form or call 214.828.9115.


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Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral Maxillofacial Jaw Surgeon | Larry M. Wolford, DMD
Dr. Larry M. Wolford
The Leading Maxillofacial Revision Surgeon in the World

Dr. Larry M. Wolford, known as a caring and compassionate doctor, surgeon, researcher, lecturer, inventor, is renowned globally as a leading innovator in TMJ (jaw joint) surgery, orthognathic “corrective jaw” surgery, and maxillofacial revision surgery. He has completed many thousands of successful surgeries and is the most recognized, awarded, and referred Maxillofacial surgeon in the World.

Dr. Wolford’s patients travel to Dallas, Tx from all over the world. He has received recognition from his esteemed surgeon colleagues in the form of numerous awards, honors, Who’s Who in the World, and voted one of the leading Maxillofacial Surgeons in the world. Dr. Wolford has tirelessly shared his knowledge, surgical inventions, and expertise with other surgeons having trained hundreds of other surgeons through various fellowships at Baylor and Texas A&M.

Dr. Wolford is the recognized expert in his field as seen on numerous media outlets and by his long list of Google 5 Star reviews. Other oral surgeons, dentists, maxillofacial surgeons regularly refer their most difficult patients to Dr. Wolford because of his superior knowledge, capabilities, and life-changing results.

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Dr. Larry Wolford has over 40 years of complex surgical experience

65% of his practice are patients referred from all over the USA and other countries

Developed many innovative procedures that are the current jaw surgical techniques

Listens to the patient and answers questions with care and compassionate