Oral Surgery for Sleep Apnea: What You Should Know

Oral Surgery for Sleep Apnea: What You Should Know

Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans alone each year. Many suffer from sleep apnea without even knowing there are effective treatment options that can eliminate symptoms. MGS Dental provides a wide range of dental services that contribute to the health of the body as a whole. Continue reading to learn more about oral surgery for sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is found in individuals who experience interruptions in their breathing, typically while they are sleeping. These interruptions can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. There are several symptoms that go hand in hand with sleep apnea and affect a person’s day to day life along with different kinds of sleep apnea. A dentist will first try to treat sleep apnea with non-surgical treatment options. If these prove unsuccessful to a specific patient, then they may consider surgery to lessen symptoms.

  • Maxillomandibular Advancement. This surgery involves adjusting an individual’s bone structure of the upper and lower jaw which in turn removes obstacles from the airway.
  • Surgery for the Soft Palate. A surgeon may recommend removing, or tightening, the soft palate which often gets in the way of the airway.
  • Nasal Surgery. Surgeons can improve breathing by reexamining the nasal cavity and airways and changing the structure. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways.
  • Tongue Reduction Surgery. A less common option is tongue reduction surgery which again helps to avoid blocking the airway.

Every individual’s situation is different and unique. Therefore, schedule a consultation with your MGS Dental dentist and receive more information regarding your specific situation. Our dental team is eager to help find you the right treatment plan. Call us today to learn more about treatment options.


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