3-D Cone Beam Volumetric Imaging
Our office features a state-of-the art 3-D cone beam volumetric imaging machine capable of capturing in mere seconds 3D images of bones, soft tissues, sinuses, and airway of the head and neck region. This amazing machine provides valuable, in- depth information that allows Dr. Flanary to diagnose and customize treatment plans for each individual patient.
Using the i-CAT scanner’s high resolution images, highly accurate and detailed three-dimensional views of all anatomies such as bone, teeth, tooth orientation, tooth and nerve relation, airways, and sinuses are obtained.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears, and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp.
Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, these individuals suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, and loss of concentration.
Some patients have obstructions that are less severe called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). In either case, the individuals suffer many of the same symptoms.
The first step in treatment resides in recognition of the symptoms and seeking appropriate consultation. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, in conjunction with orthodontists, offer consultation and treatment options.
OSA is a very serious condition that needs careful attention and treatment. Most major medical plans offer coverage for diagnosis and treatment.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea In A Child
This patient present with a very small pharyngeal airway with a cross-section of 22.4 sq mm. (A normal cross-sectional airway at the level of the pharynx is 100 sq mm.)He also had a history of snoring. It is always abnormal for a child to snore. Upon our observation, we referred him to an ENT specialist who recommended he have his tonsils and adenoids removed.
After his tonsils and adenoids were removed, his pharyngeal airway increased to 208.9 sq mm. WOW! His change in energy levels was amazing. Prior to tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy he was frequently irritable and after his procedure he was more “happy-go-lucky” and mentally sharp. His family had been told he had ADHD, but after his procedure, he advanced to honors math within 6 months. Oxygen levels make all the difference.