Sleep: New forms of therapy can provide help against snoring and sleep apnea

When the breath stops at night: New procedures help with snoring and sleep apnea
Sleep disorders are among the most common popular ailments in Germany. Many adults between the ages of 30 and 60 are already falling asleep, others wake up at night and feel tired and chipped during the day. Reasons for this: nocturnal snoring or sleep-induced respiratory disorders, also called sleep apnea. The term describes life-threatening respiratory misfires that occur more than ten times per hour and last longer than ten seconds. A healthy sleep is disturbed.

"We help patients with innovative and minimally invasive methods of oral surgery that eliminate the need to wear a mask or splint by night. Sleeping comfort is no longer limited by this, "Dr. Dr. Manfred Nilius, M. Sc., Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Head of the Praxisklinik Nilius in Dortmund.

Sleep disorder makes you sick
There are many reasons for snoring or sleep apnea. They are caused by flaccid muscles of the palate and palate, the tongue falls back, blocks the pharynx during sleep and impairs breathing. But a back-up lower jaw is a trigger for nocturnal breathing. Furthermore, alcohol and obesity promote sleep apnea. In obesity, fat also accumulates in the tissues of the upper respiratory tract and thus hinders breathing."In addition, an enlarged tongue or large tonsils can narrow the throat," explains Dr. med. Nilius.

New therapeutic approaches to snoring. Picture: Bilderzwerg - Fotolia New therapeutic approaches to snoring. Picture: bilderzwerg - fotolia

As a consequence both the oxygen supply of the brain and other important organs are disturbed. The brain responds immediately: it causes an increased heart rate, the blood pressure rises and sufferers wake up at night several times, the much-needed deep sleep is interrupted. This not only sets a constant daytime fatigue and lack of concentration, but it comes in the long term to complaints such as cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, headaches and strokes.

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Free breathing thanks to tongue implant
Changing habits such as changing diets often leads to relief of discomfort and better sleep. Nevertheless, experts advise to first visit a sleep laboratory to diagnose causes and initiate appropriate therapies. There are many new possibilities here."Thus, the novel tongue implant is an effective and minimally invasive procedure that does not affect the patient during chewing, talking or swallowing during the day," explains Dr. med. Nilius. Here, under general anesthetic experts bring an elastic band in the tongue base, which is attached there with a loop at each end, and thus prevent the tongue from falling backwards during sleep. As a rule, four implants are used, the procedure takes a maximum of 45 minutes. Within four to six weeks, the outer loops of biocompatible material fused with the surrounding tissue, the implant contracts slowly and evenly and acts like a support for the tongue.

Radio Frequency Tightens the Palumbar
In addition, surgical tightening of the soft palate tissue can be helpful if it is too drooping and is considered an anatomic cause of snoring. In the soft palate plastic surgery, also called UVPP, the doctor shortens the anterior and posterior soft palate arch as well as the uvula. Here, experts now also combine radiofrequency therapy with soft palate plastic surgery. High-dose radio waves produce artificial scarring on the soft palate, which in turn leads to a stiffening and lower vibration of the affected area."With radio frequency technology, we work very precisely and gently. Patients notice a noticeable improvement in their breathing immediately after a 45-minute procedure and quickly return to everyday life, "Dr. Nilius.

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