Sleep apnea is more than just snoring; it’s the body’s inability to keep up a normal breathing rhythm, halting the intake of oxygen during the sleep cycle and forcing the body to jolt awake. This condition makes it extremely hard to get a good night’s sleep, and it can begin to affect you negatively during the day.
Someone with sleep apnea may experience:
- Drowsiness throughout the day, which can be a hazard if they drive or operate machinery
- Moodiness or even depression
- Inability to focus on tasks
Sleep apnea is typically caused by a blockage in either your throat or nose and when your breathing is hindered, you will not be able to sleep soundly through the night.
Those with sleep apnea may want to fix the problem without wearing any sort of device on their face, like a CPAP machine. If your sleep apnea is caused by a blocked nasal passage, then you may be able to get surgery on your nose in order to aid the passage of air.
You may not know what kind of nasal surgery to get, and you may be wondering if getting rhinoplasty will help get rid of your sleep apnea.
If your sleep apnea is caused by a nasal blockage, it’s likely a deviated septum. Any facial plastic surgeon in Los Angeles will tell you that it’s actually septoplasty that you need. Septoplasty is the surgery that straightens the nasal septum, opening up both nasal passages to allow the free flow of air.
Septoplasty is for medical reasons, but it can also be performed in tandem with rhinoplasty if you want cosmetic changes done to your nose as well; rhinoplasty and septoplasty performed at once is referred to as septorhinoplasty.
A Los Angeles septorhinoplasty procedure will fix both your breathing issues as well as your insecurities with your nose. Because it can help your sleep apnea, this procedure may be fully or partially covered by your insurance.
Westside Face performs septorhinoplasty and is in-network with most insurance plans. Contact us for a consultation.