Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious and even life-threatening condition. During sleep, the upper airway can be obstructed by excess tissue, large tonsils and/or a large tongue. Also contributing to the problem may be the airway muscles, which relax and collapse during sleep, nasal passages, and the position of the jaw. The cessation of breathing, or “apnea,” brought about by these factors initiates impulses from the brain to wake the person just enough to restart the breathing process.
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Whether your OSA is mild, moderate, or severe, Dr. Littlejohn will select the treatment that is best for your condition. Every patient has a different shaped nose and throat, so before surgery is considered, Dr. Littlejohn will measure the airway at several points and check for any abnormal flow of air from the nose to lungs.