Dr. Pasha may consider tracheotomy for severe, life-threatening sleep apnea. In this procedure, a small hole is made in the windpipe and a tube is inserted into the opening. This tube stays closed during waking hours, and the person breathes and speaks normally. It is opened for sleep so that air flows directly into the lungs, bypassing any upper airway obstruction. Although this procedure is highly effective, it is a measure that is reserved for life-threatening conditions.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Dr. Pasha explains how he stops a patient’s snoring on Great Day Houston.
How Obstructive Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Health
While you can occasionally have a bad night’s sleep and probably be okay, going long periods of time without deep sleep can cause the body unnecessary wear and tear.
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