Dr. Stephen Schendel
Plastic, Maxillofacial and Sleep Surgery

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Sleep Apnea Surgery in Palo Alto, CA

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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 Menlo Park 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

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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