I have been speaking with a doctor who may be able to help me with Eagles surgery, but he surprised me by asking me first to have a sleep apnea test. Has anyone else been asked to do this? Is there a link between ES and sleep apnea?
I’m thinking it probably has to do with obstructive sleep apnea related to the anatomy of our airway. I had a take home sleep study done that showed 16 ‘events’ overnight, usually in the supine position. I’ve been told that especially in patients with TMJD or a recessed lower jaw ( which can happen with TMJD) the tongue tends to fall back when asleep and result in episodes of apnea. This leads to microarousals and subsequently unrefreshing sleep. So it makes sense for those of us whose eagles is caused by TMJD. Unfortunately, eagles surgery wouldn’t fix the problem in this case. Mandible advancing appliances might or CPAP.
Do you wake up tired?
Most of the mornings I wake up feeling worse than before going to bed. Interesting though, that my sleep study registered more than 20 events/hr but half of them were central apnea events.
On the other hand, my nasal turbinates are quite enlarged blocking air too, which might be another reason I can’t properly breath unless I open my mouth, which isn’t good during the night account to what I read about sleep apnea and mouth breathing…
@vdm, I had a turbinate reduction surgery a few years back because I had a chronic nose whistle going on. Sadly it’s still there!?! My nasal airways are super clear, sometimes so clear the inside of my nose gets dry. Gotta wonder why the whistle is still there though!!