If you have severe sleep apnea, Dr. Trent Westernoff and Dr. Martin Mardirosian can provide you with surgical treatments to open your airways and help you rest better at night. Surgical treatment may be recommended if your condition is severe or if you cannot tolerate CPAP devices or other non-surgical solutions. Your surgical treatment will be tailored to your particular area of obstruction in order to provide the best results for your situation. We invite you to call Oral Surgery Partners at 310-375-0514 to learn more about surgical treatment for sleep apnea in Redondo Beach, California, and to schedule your consultation with our experienced oral surgeons.
The site of obstruction causing your sleep apnea could be anywhere in the upper respiratory tract, including your nose, tongue, and throat. After carefully examining your mouth, jaws, and airways, we will determine which type of surgery will be most beneficial for you based on the area of obstruction. Some of the surgical procedures our oral surgeons may recommend are listed below.
Nasal obstruction and congestion are risk factors for sleep-disordered breathing. Nasal surgery helps to create more room in the nose so air can pass through smoothly and without effort, allowing you to breathe easier while you sleep.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is one of the most common surgical procedures for treating sleep apnea. This procedure was developed to remove excess tissue from the soft palate and pharynx, which keeps the area open and prevents the collapse of soft tissue that causes obstructive sleep apnea.
Soft Palate Implants (Pillar Procedure)
Soft palate implants are a minimally invasive treatment that help with snoring and milder cases of sleep apnea. Our oral surgeons will place three rods into the soft palate, which initiate an inflammatory response that stiffens the soft palate slightly to reduce snoring and sleep apnea.
The hyoid is a small bone in the neck where the muscles of the tongue and pharynx attach. By repositioning this bone, we can expand your airway and prevent it from collapsing. This procedure is minimally invasive, and can usually be completed in less than an hour.
By advancing the tongue forward, its backward fall during sleep is limited. This helps keep your airway open so you can breathe without obstruction. Tongue advancement addresses the same sites of potential obstruction as hyoid advancement, but is more invasive and requires an overnight stay in a hospital.
Tongue Base Reduction
In addition to tongue advancement procedures, our oral surgeons can also perform a tongue base reduction to reduce the amount of tissue of your tongue. This procedure may be performed by direct excision or by applying radiofrequency waves to specific sites of the tongue base. Tongue base reduction is minimally invasive, but requires you to stay in a hospital overnight for observation.
Lower Jaw Advancement
Many patients who suffer from sleep apnea have small, narrow jaws that result in diminished airway size and lead to obstruction while they sleep. By advancing the lower jaw, our oral surgeons can enlarge your upper airway so you can breathe properly and reduce or halt your obstructive sleep apnea.
Tracheostomy is a procedure that creates a passageway for the air to get to the lungs directly from the trachea in the neck, bypassing potential sites of obstruction from the upper airway. This is an extreme treatment and is generally only performed for patients who have not been able to benefit from other surgical and non-surgical forms of treatment.
If you have questions about obstructive sleep apnea or our surgical treatments, and to schedule a consultation with our experienced oral surgeons, please contact our office today.