Daniel Tebbi DMD Cosmetic Dentistry And Orthodontics,
Encino California 91436
In extreme cases and only when medically warranted, Your Surgeon offer several surgical solutions to address sleep apnea and snoring disorders. The goal of surgery is to get you back to a regular breathing pattern while you sleep. Surgery is often effective in treating snoring and sleep apnea when the bones and tissues in your mouth, neck and throat are not aligned properly.
During a consultation and evaluation, Your Surgeon will determine what part of your upper airway is causing the airflow obstruction. There are several locations where airway obstruction may occur and it is important that you are properly diagnosed to determine which type of operation is required to treat your sleep disorder.
Surgery for sleep apnea removes excess tissue from your nose or throat that may be vibrating and causing you to snore, or that may be blocking your upper air passages and causing sleep apnea. Surgical options may include:
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). Under a general anesthetic, your doctor removes tissue from the rear of your mouth and top of your throat. Your tonsils and adenoids usually are also removed. This type of surgery seeks to stop throat structures from vibrating and causing snoring. It is usually not recommended for sleep apnea, since tissue farther down your throat may still block your air passage.
Tracheostomy is for severe, life-threatening sleep apnea. In this procedure, your surgeon makes an opening in your neck and inserts a metal or plastic tube through which you breathe. You keep the opening covered during the day. At night you uncover it to allow air to pass in and out of your lungs, bypassing the blocked air passage in your throat.
Other types of surgery may help reduce snoring and contribute to the treatment of sleep apnea by clearing or enlarging air passages:
Nasal surgery to remove polyps or straighten a crooked partition between your nostrils (deviated nasal septum)
Surgery to remove enlarged tonsils or adenoids
Surgical solutions may be combined with other non-surgical treatments to ensure that your sleep apnea and snoring are properly treated.
Maxillomandibular Advancement: Jaw is broken and moved forward as is the area below the nose. This opens up the upper airway. This is one of the most effective surgical options available, but it basically does the same as an Oral Appliance with the same "success rates."
Why have surgery when you could just use an oral appliance. This will change your facial features by pulling the bottom half of your face forward.
Quick, easy and painless ways to assess your risk for a sleep disorder. Complete this short questionnaires on this link . If you would like you can forward your completed form(s) to us for a professional evaluation.
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