Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is typically caused by oral and throat tissues obstructing the airway, which forces you to stop breathing and wake up just enough to clear your airway. In many cases, this obstruction can be stopped with a custom-designed sleep apnea appliance, or in more complex cases, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Sometimes, however, the only way to address a severe case of obstructive sleep apnea is with a minor oral surgery procedure to correct abnormal oral tissues. For a more convenient and comfortable process, we can perform sleep apnea surgery in our office so you don’t have to visit a separate office to complete your treatment.
Why Surgery Might Be Necessary
The reason a custom-designed appliance effectively treats sleep apnea is because it positions to jaw to prevent tissues from blocking the airway. The reason a CPAP may sometimes be necessary is because abnormal tissues may collapse into the airway, anyway, and the air pressure is necessary to prevent it. In the most complex cases, though, oral tissue abnormalities can be so severe that the only way to stop sleep apnea is to surgically correct them. For instance, one of the most common need for sleep apnea surgery results from abnormally large mouth or throat tissues that block the airway despite an appliance and/or CPAP machine.
Find Out if Your Sleep Apnea Requires Surgery
In severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea, oral surgery can be the most successful way to prevent the condition from costing you much-needed sleep. To learn more, schedule a consultation with our experts by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.