Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Over 40 million Americans suffer from chronic snoring, and that includes quite a few here in San Francisco. Often, this can be caused by an anatomic variation in the upper airway. Snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnea, a condition that can cause daytime sleepiness, fatigue, memory loss, personality changes, and significant systemic pathology. Sleep apnea can be a potentially life-threatening disorder.

Snoring could indicate deeper health issues. Restricted breathing during rest can disturb sleeping patterns and cause heart problems. Accordingly, the new post provides options to help stop snoring. Snoring can be a natural part of aging for many Bay Area residents. To stop the noise, all that may be required is, perhaps, simple changes in diet and weight loss. Allergies might also contribute to snorting and wheezing during a nap. Nonetheless, a Bay Area resident suffering from lack of sleep due to snoring may seek out medical help. A jaw could be misaligned causing an obstruction while breathing during sleep. The upper roof of the mouth could close off as a patient dozes off. If a resident has seen a doctor, the diagnosis could be sleep apnea and the treatment might include oral surgery. It may be time to seek out the support of a San Francisco sleep apnea surgeon to fix the problem.

If you have a partner who keeps you awake with loud snoring, or your partner has complained that you snore loudly, sleep apnea may be the problem. Not only is sleep apnea and snoring extremely annoying, it can threaten a person’s health. People with sleep apnea can suffer from fatigue, memory loss, breathing problems and hypertension (which can lead to heart disease). There can be several reasons someone snores loudly. If you have tried home treatments and nothing has worked, the problem may require a professional evaluation by an expert surgeon like Dr. Rabinovich, who specializes in sleep apnea issues.

Dr. Rabinovich will evaluate your sleep apnea and snoring issues with the latest technology in his San Francisco office. Dr. Rabinovich has created partnerships with professional Bay Area sleep experts to ensure your sleeping disorder is fully evaluated and cared for properly. Getting back to a healthy, restful sleep pattern is his goal for your sleep apnea dilemma.

How Do You Know If You Have Sleep Apnea?

If your partner complains about your snoring and you feel tired during the day, a possible cause is sleep apnea. You may also have trouble concentrating at work, even if it’s a dynamic San Francisco start up. There are a number of risk factors such as being male, because men are more likely to snore and have sleep apnea than women, although women may snore more after the menopause. You may also have a family history of snoring. Other indicators are being overweight, nasal congestion, and use of alcohol. It is also possible that you may stop breathing during sleep, and this can happen several times during the night.

Dr Rabinovich can evaluate the problem that you may have with sleep apnea with an oral examination, x-rays, and a discussion in order that he can fully understand the extent of your problem. He also works in conjunction with sleep experts in San Francisco so may need to include them in evaluating your condition. Very often, a sleep study can be undertaken to establish whether you have sleep apnea or another sleeping disorder. Once your condition has been diagnosed (it may not be sleep apnea) he can work out the best method of approaching it.

Believe it or not, the treatment could be something as simple as a weight reduction plan. Other procedures could be using an oral appliance or a simple outpatient procedure carried out in the office under a local anesthetic. Patients with severe cases of sleep apnea may need orthognathic sleep apnea surgery in San Francisco for the purpose of repositioning the jaws.

Risk Factors

  • Family history of snoring
  • Male gender. Men are more likely to snore and have sleep apnea than women, although snoring in women increases after menopause
  • Overweight
  • Nasal congestion
  • Enlarged adenoids and tonsils
  • Using alcohol or sedatives

Sleep Apnea, Snoring, and Surgery Options in the San Francisco Bay Area

Sleep Apnea Surgery San Francisco Bay AreaSurgery for sleep apnea (orthognathic surgery to reposition the jaws) is often an outpatient procedure. Sleep apnea surgery can be performed by Dr. Rabinovich at our state-of-the-art surgery center, located at 129 Sacramento Street in San Francisco (near the Embarcadero Center). Dr. Rabinovich, considered one of the best oral surgeons for sleep apnea in San Francisco, performs your surgery in a comfortable and calm environment. The first appointment will begin with an oral examination, x-rays and discussion. Dr. Rabinovich will evaluate what issues you are experiencing and will discuss a treatment plan customized just for you. If your sleeping disorder requires the support of a sleep expert, Dr. Rabinovich will work with professionals in the field of sleep apnea.

Who Needs Treatment for Sleep Apnea?

People who may benefit are those with severe snoring, chronic nasal obstruction, and the symptoms mentioned above. Treatment may be as simple as a weight-reduction plan, or an oral appliance, or include basic outpatient procedures done in the office under local anesthesia. For patients with severe sleep apnea, treatment may include orthognathic surgery to reposition the jaws.

The following areas should be evaluated:

  • Difficulty with nasal air intake
  • Chronic snoring
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Bed partner intolerance
  • Witnessed cessation of breathing during sleep

Some or all of these symptoms may be present and refractory to past treatments with medication. Often, a sleep study can be obtained to establish the diagnosis of apnea or another sleeping disorder. Dr. Rabinovich works closely with local San Francisco sleep experts to assist in total patient care.

You Need To Make An Appointment with a Sleep Apnea Surgeon

If you are suffering from sleep apnea and think that you may need sleep apnea surgery in San Francisco, you need to make an appointment to see our Dr. Alex Rabinovich. As an expert surgeon who specializes in sleep apnea issues, he is qualified to carry out an assessment of your condition.

Dr. Rabinovich has also formed partnerships with professional sleep experts in the Bay Area in order to make certain that your sleeping disorder is cared for and fully evaluated. His aim is always to ensure that you get back to a pattern of restful sleep.

Sleep apnea surgery in San Francisco can include orthognathic surgery to reposition the jaws, and this can often be carried out by Dr. Rabinovich as an outpatient procedure at our state-of-the-art office in Sacramento Street in the Financial District. An initial appointment will include a full examination with X-rays, and a discussion to establish exactly what issues you are experiencing. Dr. Rabinovich will then create a customized plan for your treatment. This may include the support of a sleep expert as well.

People who may benefit are those with severe snoring and/or chronic nasal obstruction, together with some or all of the symptoms mentioned earlier. Treatment can often be as simple as undertaking a weight loss plan without the need for surgery.

Dr. Alexander Rabinovich is committed to providing you with the most current, safe, and effective technology possible. He has successfully treated many patients with nasal obstruction, habitual snoring, and sleep apnea.

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