Sleep health is an important part of our overall health. A good night of sleep helps reenergize the mind, body and soul. Many individuals (approximately 18 million people in the U.S.) who fail to get a good night of sleep do so because of a sleep disorder. While there are many things that can cause an interruption in a healthy sleep pattern, such as alcohol, menopause (in women) and obesity, there are cases where the symptoms are severe enough to warrant medical treatment. Dr. Stephen Schendel is a Palo Alto plastic and maxillofacial surgeon who is trained to treat the conditions that lead to sleep disorders. He offers both surgical and nonsurgical alternatives for his patients.
The Risks of Sleep Apnea
"Dr. Schendel is helping me feel like myself again after a tumor changed my life. - I am 28F and was diagnosed with a rare pituitary tumor resulting in a condition called acromegaly in 2015. Because of this condition my brow grew, the soft tissue in my face increased and the right side of my jaw grew asymmetrically which resulted in a quickly developed underbite. After surgically controlling the tumor by an SF neurosurgeon to ensure no more growth would occur, my husband and..."- B. / RealSelf / Apr 28, 2017
"Best decision I ever made! - Best decision I ever made was to have a mid-face lift with Dr. Schendel. He listened to my concerns and came up with a strategy that I would be pleased with. Dr. Schendel has a great bedside manner and put my fears to rest pre-surgery. He and his staff were very attentive post surgery as well. I look renewed and refreshed not "done". I no longer cringe when I look in the mirror. Thank you for giving me a decade+ back."- C. / RealSelf / Mar 24, 2017
"Dr. Schendal is a consummate professional with a warm caring disposition. He is held in very high regard by everyone I spoke to at Stanford Hospital. I had absolute confidence in him and my surgery held no surprises due to the care he took in explaining everything and setting realistic expectations. His post op care was just as good."- L.G. / Healthgrades / Oct 23, 2016
"Dr. Schendel is a great doctor. My family and I have been fortunate enough to be under Dr. Schendel's care for many years. He has been helping me look and feel beautiful since my 50th bday... many years ago. He and his staff are wonderful in every way. His office manager, Carol Oderio, and everyone in his office treat you with the greatest care and make sure everything is perfect:) Dr. Schendel is able to enhance your beauty in an amazing way, all while looking very natural."- J.H. / Yelp / Mar 14, 2016
"I've been getting Botox from Dr. Schendel for several years - and I still look forward to my appointments because he always manages to make me smile and laugh. The office is clean, easily located by the freeway, and the staff is courteous and always prompt."- C.R. / Yelp / Nov 01, 2015
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Disordered Breathing
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) includes snoring and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS). It also includes any conditions caused by a collapse or a partial collapse, or obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. Nocturnal narrowing or obstruction may be limited to one part or may involve all of the upper airway passages including the nose, palate, and base of the tongue.
Diagnosing a Sleep Disorder
Obstructive sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing during sleep, which occurs when tissues and muscles in the throat and tongue collapse and block airflow to the lungs during sleep. Those with OSA struggle to breathe throughout the night and often choke and wake up, receiving fragmented sleep and low oxygen saturation. Because the organs in the body are not getting enough oxygen, apneas are highly stressful on the heart. Furthermore, patients often do not enter REM sleep, the stage in which the body gets its most restful and replenishing sleep, thus they wake up feeling tired and lethargic.
Sleep Disorder Treatments
There are treatments for sleep apnea that can dramatically improve a person’s quality of life. Dr. Schendel offers the following surgical procedures for the correction of sleep disorders:
- Bimaxillary Advancement
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
- Genioglossus advancement
- Nasal Surgery
- RadioFrequency Treatment
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