Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects how you breathe while you are sleeping. This disorder affects around 1 in every 15 Americans. You may suffer from sleep apnea if you snore loudly and still feel tired after a night’s sleep. The most common form of sleep apnea is known as obstructive sleep apnea. This can be confirmed with a sleep study at a local medical center. This occurs when the muscles at the back of your throat relax. An oral surgeon may be able to help you with this form of sleep apnea. Sometimes CPAP (breathing machine) is used at home to help you breath at night. Also Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery can make a mouthpiece to hold your lower jaw forward to assist breathing during sleep.
Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery
This procedure is the most effective surgery for sleep apnea. It is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia and generally last for 4 to 6 hours. This procedure involves moving the upper and lower jaw bones forward, in this way the whole airway is enlarged, making it easier to breathe. Maxillomandibular advancement surgery is performed on patients who suffer from moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, or those who have a jaw deformity that is contributing to sleep apnea. You will usually remain in hospital for two days. You jaws will not need to be wired after surgery. You should avoid eating solid food for four weeks. You can return to work after four weeks.
If you suffer from sleep apnea and would like to find out more about how oral surgery can help, contact Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery today. Our surgeons are expert at oral care. We take great pride in serving our patient’s needs using cutting-edge equipment and techniques