How Does Surgery for Sleep Apnea Work?

 

sleep-apnea-austin-oral-surgeryFor most sleep apnea patients, surgery is a last resort. More conservative therapies such as weight loss, oral appliances designed to open the airways, and C-PAP treatment can reduce symptoms and help you get a good night’s rest again.

For patients with severe sleep apnea, however, there are a number of surgical options. The causes of sleep apnea can vary widely from patient to patient. Some patients may suffer from airway collapses at the soft palate while others may experience collapse at the base of the tongue. Different types of surgery are needed to address different areas.

  • UPPP is available to patients who can’t tolerate the C-PAP. The procedure shortens and stiffens the soft palate by partially removing the uvula and shrinking the soft palate edge.
  • Hyoid Suspension can alleviate air passage collapse at the tongue base by securing the hyoid bone in the neck to the thyroid cartilage (Adam’s apple).
  • Genioglossus Advancement opens the upper breathing passage by tightening the front tongue tendon and helping secure the tongue during sleep.
  • Maxillomandibular Advancement surgically moves the upper and lower jaws forward, opening the upper airway.

If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact your doctor or dentist today. To learn more about the surgical options provided at Austin Oral Surgery, give us a call today.