If you’re familiar with sleep apnea (or the cessation of breathing during periods of rest), you’re likely familiar with the CPAP and BiPAP machines used to push air through the airway during rest hours. What you may not realize, however, is that surgical options may be able to untether you from the breathing machines that have become your slumber companions.
Dr. Sedaros has performed uvulo-palato-pharyngo-plasty (UPPP) and laser assisted uvulo-palato-plasty (LAUPP) to reconstruct soft tissue in the back of the throat that may be contributing to the obstruction. In some cases, a radio-frequency probe can be used to tighten the soft palate under light IV sedation in the office. In more complex cases, the bones of the upper and lower jaw may be repositioned to increase the size of the airway (orthognathic surgery). This procedure is done in under general anesthesia and requires a one to two day overnight stay in the hospital.
If you’re suffering from sleep apnea and you’re interested in treatments that might be able to free you from the use of a CPAP or BiPAP machines, gives us a call at Sedaros Oral Surgery today. A surgical option just may leave you breathing easier!