Using oral surgery to help sleep apnea seeks to remove the excess tissue in the throat that is vibrating and blocking the upper air passages. One surgical procedure is an Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). This procedure involves removing the excess tissue from the upper mouth and throat. This procedure in performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. Maxillomandibular advancement is another type of procedure used to assist with sleep apnea. This procedure involves the upper and lower part of the jaw. In this procedure, the jaw is moved forward from the rest of the facial bones. This allows more room behind the soft palate, thereby reducing the obstruction. Finally a Tracheostomy is a last ditch effort when other treatments have failed. This involves the surgeon inserting a tube in your throat so you can breathe. It is covered during the day, but opens at night while you sleep. All of the aforementioned surgeries are routine and very safe.
INTRAORAL SLEEP APNEA DEVICES!!!!!!!
NOTE: The use of intraoral dental sleep apnea devices has become very popular recently. These devices are very effective and are the best option for those who cannot tolerate a CPAP machine nor wish to have surgery. We do not recommend surgery for sleep apnea and our office has been a pioneer in the construction of intraoral sleep apnea devices since 1995. We would be happy to discuss with you the benefits of these devices, the minimal costs involved, and the possible insurance reimbursements. Give us a call!