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Sleep Apnea

Oral surgery can help sleep apnea by removing the excess tissue in the throat that is vibrating and blocking the upper air passages.  One surgical procedure is called an Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).  This procedure involves removing excess tissue from the upper mouth and throat areas.  This procedure is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia.  Maxillomandibular advancement is another procedure used to assist with sleep apnea.  This technique involves the upper and lower part of the jaw. In this procedure, the jaw is moved forward from the rest of the facial bones to allow more room behind the soft palate, which reduces the obstruction.  Lastly, a Tracheostomy is a final procedure that can be used when other treatments have failed.  This involves a surgeon inserting a tube in your throat, so that you can breathe effectively.  It is covered up during the day while you are awake, but opens at night while you sleep.  All of the surgeries mentioned are routine and very safe.

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