Charleston Oral & Facial Surgery Performs Same Inhibiting Disorder That Sends Major League Baseball Player into First Career Surgery

Doctors Strauss, Sarathy and Oliphant of Charleston Oral & Facial Surgery share why this surgery could be the most important in your life

Charleston, SC (October 20, 2014)

– When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, we could all use a little help. For those with the common condition characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, known as sleep apnea, that often requires surgery.

According to a national report, a staggering 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and an estimated 10 million Americans remain undiagnosed. Even Boston Red Sox first baseman, Mike Napoli, who has escaped surgery after injuries at various times throughout this season, will undergo a facial reconstruction surgery next month to help his sleep apnea.

The procedure, which is performed by Doctors Strauss, Sarathy and Oliphant at Charleston Oral & Facial Surgery, utilizes a team approach, involving the patient’s Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist, pulomonologist, primary care physician, and general dentist.

Napoli’s procedure, called bimaxillary advancement surgery, specifically separates and moves the front pieces of the lower and upper jaw to allow for more room behind the tongue. The result: a lower chance of obstruction and a better night’s sleep.

“Sleep apnea is a disorder that many of our patients suffer from and it’s critical they have it addressed by our team as soon as possible,” said Edward Strauss, MD, DMD. “For some patients, simply making new lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol and quitting smoking, can help, but for most, this easy, affordable surgery is the ideal long-term solution.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring with pauses in breathing during sleep, gasping or choking during sleep, daytime drowsiness, morning headache, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and memory loss. For more information on sleep apnea, and Charleston Oral & Facial Surgery, visit www.charlestonoralandfacialsurgery.com.

Aaron Sarathy

Aaron Sarathy, DMD, received his degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Following graduation, he entered the US Navy on active duty and is currently in the US Naval Reserves. Dr. Sarathy completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD/Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, and at Naval Hospitals in Bethesda. He was appointed to the Department of Head and Neck Surgery division of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Naval Hospital in Beaufort, SC.

He specializes in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery and has expertise in corrective jaw surgery. He is a member of the Carolina Cleft Lip & Palate Team, as well as the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (SSOMS), South Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology (ASDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA).

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