SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA FaceCenterLA - Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders
FaceCenterLA (FCLA) in the Pacific Palisades recruited Dr. Stephen Schendel, a, facial plastic surgeon from Stanford University Medical Center – Plastic Surgery Department, to treat patients diagnosed with sleep apnea due to airway obstruction. Dr. Richard L. Jacobson, orthodontist and jaw and bite specialist says that sleep apnea is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. If you are a loud or regular snorer, feel tired or fatigued during the day, have difficulty concentrating or remembering or tend to fall asleep reading or watching TV, you are at higher risk for having obstructive sleep apnea. If you are overweight and/or have high blood pressure, the risk increases even further.
Doctors at FCLA are trained to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Dr. Jacobson and Dr. Schendel have recently completed a study at FCLA on 1300 patients at various age groups- including young children, teenagers, young adults, middle-aged adults, and seniors. It was accepted for publication in the JOMS. FCLA is equipped with state of the art imaging that can accurately measure your airway in conjunction with a clinical examination using a fiber optic mesophaygele scope. These diagnostic tools, the clinical examination, and patient history will allow the doctors to recommend the most appropriate treatment based on the degree and severity of symptoms. In severe cases a sleep test will be prescribed.
Fortunately, there are numerous treatment options that are most effective in treating sleep apnea. When orthognathic surgery is recommended, it is effective in anatomically correcting the deficient airway. Dr. Jacobson and Dr. Schendel consults with you at FCLA in Pacific Palisades and collaborate on your behalf to provide you with a wealth of information about sleep apnea including the diagnosis and treatment options.
Dr. Schendel and his associate Dr. Powell also have a sleep center in Palo Alto, California and are considered world authorities on the subject. Dr. Schendel is one of the most talented and experienced facial plastic surgeons in the world and served as chief of plastic surgery at Stanford University, one of the most prestigious plastic surgery departments in U.S.A. The word sleep apnea in Greek means without breath. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by blockage of the airway, often caused by the soft tissue in the throat relaxing during sleep. Sleep apnea can affect people of any age and if diagnosed correctly can be effectively treated.