Will sleep apnea go away with time?

Sleep apnea is a very common sleep disorder that can affect every facet of a patient’s life. In addition to sleep deprivation and its many effects, this sleep disorder may also affect heart health and mental health. Dr. Larry Wolford, Clinincal Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers sleep apnea treatment to help patients reclaim their quality of life.

What is sleep apnea and how does it affect health?

Sleep apnea is a condition that impedes a patient from breathing properly during sleep. This occurs because soft tissues in the mouth collapse during sleep and ultimately block air passageways. When the patient stops breathing, the body wakes to reinitiate proper breathing. Throughout the night, a sleeper can cease breathing and wake hundreds of times.

This sleep disorder prevents a patient from being able to fully progress through the various stages of sleep, and instead robs them of the ability to gain rejuvenating rest. Patients will wake in the morning with headaches, dry mouth, and noticeable fatigue—even if they thought they slept a full eight hours.

Without sleep apnea treatment, patients will eventually suffer from the effects of severe sleep deprivation, which can include memory loss, depression, chronic fatigue, and unhealthy oxygen levels. Many researchers have learned that sleep apnea may affect cardiovascular health, too. This is due to the sleeper being unable to maintain a steady, lowered heart rate during sleep. The cycle of apnea and wakefulness may weaken the heart over time.

What are some common methods for sleep apnea treatment?

The treatment indicated for obstructive sleep apnea varies based on the needs of each patient. The symptoms of sleep apnea may be improved with treatment such as the use of oral appliances to re-position the lower jaw and changes in lifestyle that include cessation from tobacco and weight loss. Other patients may require oral surgery to fix nasal obstructions, jaw misalignment, or enlarged soft oral tissues. Our oral surgeon will determine the underlying cause(s) of sleep apnea to develop the best treatment possible.

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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Get To Know Dr. Larry M. Wolford, DMD

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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Office Location:

Larry M. Wolford, DMD

Baylor University Medical Center, Worth Street Tower 3409 Worth Street, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75246

Experience Matters

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