At Waukegan Family Dental, we use oral surgery to help sleep apnea patients. Our surgical procedure seeks to remove the excess tissue in the throat that is vibrating and blocking the upper air passages.
One surgical procedure is an Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). This procedure involves removing the excess tissue from the upper mouth and throat. This procedure is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. Maxillomandibular advancement is another type of procedure used to assist with sleep apnea. This procedure involves the upper and lower part of the jaw. In this procedure, the jaw is moved forward from the rest of the facial bones.
This allows more room behind the soft palate, thereby reducing the obstruction. Finally, a Tracheostomy is a last-ditch effort when other treatments have failed. This involves the surgeon inserting a tube in your throat so you can breathe. It is covered during the day but opens at night while you sleep. All of the surgeries mentioned above are routine and very safe.
For sleep apnea treatment in Waukegan, call our office at (847) 232-0044 today. We will walk you through all your options and help you select a treament right for you.