Sleep Apnea Surgery Northridge
Sleep apnea plagues roughly 18 million Americans. A significant number of these individuals find relief from their symptoms through lifestyle changes such as weight loss, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, and switching to sleeping on their sides. Many sleep apnea sufferers find relief through CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), a therapy using machine-dispensed pressurized air to keep the airway open during sleep. A dental appliance, a plastic device resembling an athletic mouth guard, is often effective at eliminating snoring in those with sleep apnea. When lifestyle changes, CPAP, and dental appliances fail to have an effect on symptoms, our Northridge sleep apnea surgery expert may recommend surgical treatment for sleep apnea.
Northridge Sleep Apnea Surgery
• Tissue Removal
Also known as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), this procedure involves surgically removing tissue from the back of the mouth and the top of the throat. The tonsils and adenoids are often removed at the same time. Our expert in sleep apnea surgery in Northridge performs this surgery to eliminate the vibrating of throat structures that causes snoring.
• Palatal Implants
During this surgery, tiny plastic or fiber rods are inserted into the soft palate while a patient is under local anesthetic. The goal of this procedure is to stiffen the tissue to keep the airway unblocked. Our expert in sleep apnea surgery in Northridge recommends this procedure for patients who suffer from snoring or mild sleep apnea who are unable to tolerate CPAP.
• Jaw Repositioning
This procedure is also known as maxillomandibular osteotomy (MMO)/advancement (MMA). This surgery involves shifting the upper and/or lower jaw forward to expand the space at the back of the throat. Often reserved for severe sleep apnea sufferers, jaw repositioning involves cutting the bone of the jaws, which can take several months to heal.
This surgery is a drastic choice, used only in rare situations where sleep apnea is a life-threatening disorder. During this procedure, a surgeon places a breathing tube into the windpipe located at the bottom part of the neck. Plugged up during the day, patients can open the tube at night, which allows for unobstructed breathing.
If you would like more information on sleep apnea surgery, call our office to schedule a consultation with our Northridge sleep apnea surgery expert.
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