Oral Surgery Rockville Maryland
Many people assume snoring is a nocturnal inconvenience that can impede quality sleep. However, when it is very audible and habitual, snoring can suggest a serious medical condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options for OSA, including oral surgery. The location and degree of airway compromise often indicates the most appropriate surgical intervention.
To learn more about the different types of oral surgery in Rockville, MD, for sleep apnea, read on.
4 Types of Oral Surgery for Sleep Apnea
1. Genioglossus Advancement (GGA)
When it comes to oral surgery for sleep apnea, genioglossus advancement is a procedure that was specifically designed for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. It involves tightening the front tongue tendon in order to decrease tongue displacement and open-up the upper breathing passage.
This procedure is typically performed with a hyoid suspension or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.
2. Hyoid Suspension
In the event that the airway collapse is localized to the base of the tongue, then a hyoid suspension may be indicated. This procedure secures the hyoid bone, which is a U-shaped bone in the neck, to the thyroid cartilage in order to stabilize the airway.
For patients whose airway is compromised at the soft palate, a uvulopalatopharyngoplasty may be recommended. This type of oral surgery seeks to remove part of the uvula and reduce the edge of the soft palate. It’s often a viable solution for individuals that cannot endure treatment with a CPAP machine.
4. Maxillomandibular Advancement
Maxillomandibular advancement opens the upper airway by moving the upper and lower jaw bones, along with soft tissues, forward. Depending on each patient’s circumstances, this type of oral surgery for sleep apnea may be the best option for opening the airway and alleviating OSA.
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If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, please contact our office in Rockville, MD, today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Rochelle E. Hackley DDS.