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Nasal Surgery for Sleep Apnea

Husband snoring in bed with wife.Do you snore loudly during your sleep? Or do you feel tired even after sleeping for many hours? Then, it is likely that you suffer from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. It is potentially serious as breathing stops and begins while you are sleeping.

The good thing is that there are treatments available for it. Our expert doctors, Dr. Sherry and Dr. Lee at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, can ease your symptoms through medication and nasal surgeries.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three main types in which doctors categorize sleep apnea. These are:
•  Obstructive sleep apnea: This happens when the throat muscles relax, making it difficult for air to flow in. This type is the most common among the three.
•  Central sleep apnea: This happens when the brain fails to send correct signals to muscles to control breathing.
•  Complex sleep apnea syndrome: This type refers to when someone has obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

If you are experiencing symptoms such as:
•  Loud snoring
•  Waking up from sleep while gasping for air
•  Waking up with a dry mouth
•  Insomnia
•  Hypersomnia
•  Headaches
•  Difficulty in focusing

Then, you must consult a professional at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates.

Benefits of Nasal Surgeries

Nasal surgeries could benefit people with sleep apnea to improve nasal obstruction and, more importantly, improve nasal obstruction during sleep so that other medication and therapies work better and fully treat sleep apnea.
Therefore, nasal surgeries of the relevant area, which could be the nasal septum, sinuses, or outside of the nose, can improve nasal obstruction and treat sleep apnea.

Nasal Surgeries for Sleep Apnea

As sleep apnea occurs due to obstructions in the nose and throat, you should consult an ENT specialist for sleep apnea. After trying alternate methods of treatment, they may recommend nasal surgery. These include:

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

This is the least invasive nasal surgery. It is performed to remove and correct sinuses that block airflow and cause difficulty in breathing.

Balloon Sinuplasty

It is a minimally invasive procedure that takes a short amount of time to perform and recover. The doctor would insert a small balloon-like device into your nasal passage and inflate it. The inflation would cause your nasal passage to open up and retain its shape after eliminating the obstruction.


Turbinoplasty aims at the turbinates of your nose. They are made of soft tissues and bones and are located on the inside of your nose.

If the obstruction is being caused by an overgrowth of this tissue and bone structure, your doctor will recommend a turbinoplasty. He would remove a part of the turbinate so that it does not cause hindrance in the flow of air and breathing.


Your two nostrils are divided by a straight septum. However, if this is crooked, it may hinder airflow and cause difficulty in breathing. Septoplasty corrects the deviated septum by correcting its position. This restores proper breathing.

Schedule an Appointment With Us

Sleep apnea may become the cause of other health problems. So, if you face difficulty breathing while sleeping, you must consider it seriously and schedule an appointment with an ENT specialist as soon as possible. Call us today at 972-733-0414 to schedule an appointment and discuss your symptoms with our expert doctors.

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