Using oral surgery to help, heal, or “cure” sleep apnea consists of an oral surgery that seeks to remove the excess tissue in the throat that is vibrating and blocking the upper air passages. One oral surgical procedure is an Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) procedure involves removing the excess tissue from the upper mouth and throat. This procedure is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia.
Maxillomandibular advancement is another procedure that assists in curing 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 these oral surgeries are routine and very safe.
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