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Sleep Apnea

The first step in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea is to refer you to a local medical specialist who will do a sleep study.  With the information from the sleep study, we will know how to proceed in correcting the problem for you and will be able to assess your response to the treatment.  The following describes several ways that sleep apnea is treated.  Some treatments would be referred to our professional colleagues, such as an oral surgeon.

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.  We are able to treat and track your sleep apnea with this treatment in our office.  Maxillomandibular advancement is also successfully used to treat snoring.

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.

Please call our office to schedule a consultation if you have sleep problems that may be helped with dental treatment.

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