Is There a Surgery for Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disruption that can have adverse consequences on your health. Generally, this condition causes a person’s breathing to stop while they sleep periodically. When you’re unable to breathe, your body will wake up mid-sleep, causing you to have poor sleep. 

If you suspect you have this condition, you should treat it before it deteriorates your health. Find out more about the different treatment options below.

Surgical Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea increases your risk of developing high blood pressure, metabolic problems, and other health issues if left untreated. Fortunately, there are several surgical options available to treat this condition, depending on the severity of your sleep apnea and overall health. 

Read on to learn about these surgical options to determine which is best for you. 

Genioglossus Advancement Surgery

Genioglossus advancement surgery involves your surgeon tightening the tendons in front of your tongue. However, surgeons rarely perform this procedure alone, and they typically do it alongside other ones. This surgery can prevent your tongue from rolling back and interfering with your breathing. 

Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery

Maxillomandibular advancement surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, can be an effective solution for sleep apnea. During this procedure, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will reposition the upper and lower jawbones to relieve airway obstruction. Furthermore, this procedure suspends the attached pharyngeal airway muscles while simultaneously increasing pharyngeal soft tissue tendon.  

Some professionals believe this surgery should be reserved for craniofacial dysmorphism; however, patients with regular osseous structures are usually good candidates and have similar successful outcomes. 

Lingual Tonsillectomy Surgery

In a lingual tonsillectomy procedure, your surgeon will remove your tonsils and tonsillar tissue near your tongue’s back. You may need to undergo this procedure to open up the lower part of your throat for more natural breathing.  

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty Surgery

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty surgery is one of the most common procedures for treating sleep apnea, but it may not be effective for everyone. This surgery involves your surgeon removing extra tissue from the top of your throat and back of your mouth. Your surgeon will only recommend this procedure if you’re ineligible to use a CPAP machine. Additionally, this procedure is most effective in treating snoring problems.  

Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator Surgery

Hypoglossal nerve stimulator surgery involves attaching an electrode to the primary nerve that controls your tongue, called the hypoglossal nerve. Your surgeon will connect the electrode to a device that’s similar to a pacemaker. When you can’t breathe during your sleep, this machine will stimulate your tongue’s muscles, preventing them from blocking your airway. If you have a higher body mass index, we recommend avoiding this surgery because you may not achieve successful results. 

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah Can Help

It’s no secret that sleep apnea can deteriorate your health and overall quality of life. At Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah, our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialize in corrective jaw surgery, which can relieve airway obstruction. 

Our team can determine if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. You can count on us to provide you with the superior service you deserve from an oral surgeon. We have offices in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and Tooele. Schedule your free consultation today