Sleep Apnea Treatment
Can Restore Your Quality of Life

Sleep apnea can have a detrimental impact on a sufferer's quality of life. The sleep disorder often goes undiagnosed and can impact mood and concentration, as well as increase your risk for several very serious health conditions. Dr. Eric GeistDr. Matthew W. Fowlkes, and Dr. Nick Gregory offer diagnosis and sleep apnea treatment at our Monroe, LA, practice. We will work with you to determine the best treatment option, which can range from oral appliance therapy to, in some cases, surgery. 

Defining Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic condition which causes the tongue or other soft tissues to block the upper airway during sleep. This obstruction restricts airflow and causes low oxygen levels in the brain. When these levels dip low enough, the person wakens, the obstruction clears, and airflow starts again, usually with a loud gasp or snort.

This process can occur many times throughout the night and greatly affect your quality of sleep, causing excessive daytime sleepiness, loss of concentration, and depression. The repeated cycles of low oxygen levels can also lead to serious cardiovascular problems. 

Open airway and sleep apnea sufferer
OSA is caused by an obstruction of the airway during sleep.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed for years, but some symptoms may include:

  • Snoring
  • Waking up often during the night
  • Insomnia
  • Periodic interruptions in breathing while sleeping
  • Being very tired and unable to focus during the day
  • Waking up with a sore or dry throat

In many cases, a sleeping partner or family member will be the first person to notice these symptoms.

Effects of Sleep Apnea

If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can increase a person’s risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, obesity, and diabetes. It can also increase the risk, or worsen the effects, of heart failure. Sleep apnea can make the likelihood of irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia) more likely, and can increase a person’s risk for motor vehicle and workplace accidents.


If you suspect that you are suffering from OSA, Dr. Geist, Fowlkes, or Gregory will assess your condition. The first step is to take a detailed health history, as well as gather information on your sleeping patterns. Your doctor will often use a special type of x-ray to determine the level of your obstruction. Additionally, your doctor may recommend an overnight sleep study.


Once OSA has been diagnosed, there are several treatment options. The two most conservative treatment methods include an oral appliance, which is worn at night during sleep, or a nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which delivers pressurized oxygen through a mask to open up the airway during sleep.

Effective sleep apnea treatment can lower the patient's risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

If conservative treatment is not successful, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure. A uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is used to remove tissue from the soft palate and pharynx, which widens the airway. The tonsils may also be removed. A similar treatment, LAUPPP, is performed with a soft tissue laser. For other patients, a radio-frequency probe can be used to tighten the soft palate.

Patients with more complex issues may benefit from surgical procedures such as rhinoplasty, palate surgery, or tongue advancement surgery, which increase airflow, or orthognathic surgery, which repositions the bones of the upper and lower jaw to increase the size of the patient’s airway.

Contact Us Today

Sleep apnea can have serious consequences on your health and relationships, but it is treatable. For more information on how we can help, contact our office today to make an appointment with one of our skilled doctors.

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If you or a loved one are in need of oral surgery, trust your care to a team that has over 20 years of surgical experience. Our oral surgeons use state-of-the-art technology such as intraoral cameras and cone beam scanners for the very best results. We are members of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • The American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons 
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • To meet with one of our highly qualified doctors, request your consultation online or call our office at 318-388-2621.

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