Sleep Apnea Surgery
Like a sleeping troll under a bridge, sleep apnea is a very tricky beast, both in diagnosis and treatment. As a disorder, it is often difficult to identify, as it occurs during sleep. Its symptoms are also often broad enough to be attributed to other health issues. Our sleep apnea specialist is usually able to diagnose sleep apnea via sleep studies. Treatment follows diagnosis, and when initial treatments fail, many patients may feel frustrated and wonder if there is another treatment option available.
Upon failure to treat sleep apnea via traditional means such as a CPAP breathing machine, an oral appliance, or lifestyle changes, our sleep apnea surgery expert may be called in for a surgical remedy. Surgery is most often undergone to relieve Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as the technical goal of most sleep apnea surgeries is to enlarge the obstructed airway.
If you require sleep apnea surgery, our expert in sleep apnea surgery will most likely provide one of these common types:
- Jaw Repositioning
An obstructed airway is often the result of a structural jaw problem. During this procedure, your jaw is slid forward, creating more space behind the tongue, and reducing the risk of breathing obstruction. Occasionally an orthodontist or oral surgeon may be involved for optimal results and safety.
- Nasal Surgery
Aside from the jaw, the nose is a usual suspect for causing breathing issues during sleep. The most common surgical procedure our sleep apnea surgery expert performs involving the nose is a septoplasty and turbinate reduction. During this surgery, the septum is straightened and the turbinates (bones in the nasal passage that humidify and filter the air we breathe) reduced in size.
Slim plastic or polyester rods are surgically placed into the soft palate. This stiffens the soft palate, which can often prevent throat muscle relaxation and obstructed breathing.
- Tissue Removal
During this surgery, our expert in sleep apnea surgery removes material or tissues from the top of the throat and the back of the mouth. This often includes the tonsils and adenoids. This procedure is usually performed in a hospital.
For more on sleep apnea, its symptoms and treatments, call today to schedule a consultation with our sleep apnea specialist.