Sleep apnoea

  • Do you sleep poorly because you snore and wake up many times a night?
  • Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnoea but can’t stand using the oxygen mask at night forever (CPAP)?
  • Are you tired all day because you don’t rest properly at night and fall asleep wherever you go?
  • Does your partner complain that you snore too much when you sleep?

Although there are more than 18 different treatments for sleep apnoea and hypopnea syndrome (SAHS), “Only orthognathic surgery cures 95% of cases treated.”

The definitive solution to the problem is maxillofacial surgery on the upper or lower jaw (orthognathic surgery), opening up the airway for better airflow.

Apnea del sueño

According to maxillofacial surgeon Dr Joan Birbe. This surgical technique corrects the position of the jaw, preventing it from moving while the patient is asleep and obstructing the upper airway.

So, the aim is to move the bone bases slightly so that oxygen can circulate normally and free the patient from both apnoea and hypopnea. The surgery is done through the mouth so there are no visible scars afterwards and their facial profile is improved.

“The first step is to lose weight, which gets rid of the extra weight of soft tissue and fat that rests on the jaw while sleeping,” explained the expert. In his mind, “There are five different levels of sleep apnoea associated to a greater or lesser degree with: chronic tiredness, high blood pressure, higher risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease, and loss of memory and cognitive function.”

Between 6% and 10% of the Spanish population suffers from SAHS, which means their upper airway is blocked for periods of time while resting. Plus, an estimated 90% of these cases go undiagnosed.

In fact, this condition has a “substantial” impact on family life and increases the patient’s chances of having an accident at work or on the road. According to the Sociedad Española de Neumología y Cirugía Torácica (SEPAR), this condition is found in 4% to 6% of men and 2% to 4% of women.

Nevertheless, cases have also been detected among children. Paediatric societies calculate between 1% and 3% of children suffer from the syndrome due to bone malformations that must be corrected with surgery. This condition can lead to behavioural disorders, hyperactivity, delayed growth and lack of progress at school, among others.

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  • Personal diagnosis after oral and facial exploration
  • Firm quote, along with different financing options
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