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If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), our dentist can perform a surgical procedure to remove the excess tissues in your throat that are vibrating and blocking your upper air passages.  There are several procedures available for treating sleep apnea disorders.  When you visit our office for your consultation, Dr. Mark B. Martin will help you determine which procedure will be most beneficial for you.  To learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Escondido, California, and to set up your appointment, please contact our office at 760-745-5416.

Common surgical procedures to correct sleep apnea disorders include uvulopalatophargngoplasty, maxillomandibular advancement, and tracheostomy.

  • Uvulopalatophargngoplasty (UPPP) is performed in a hospital, under general anesthesia. The procedure itself involves removing excess tissue from the upper mouth and throat.  This prevents the blockages that create the pauses in breathing which characterize sleep apnea.
  • Maxillomandibular advancement involves moving the upper and lower part of the jaw. By moving the jaw forward from the rest of the facial bones, more space is created behind the soft palate, reducing the obstruction in your throat and permitting you to rest better at night.
  • Tracheostomy is usually a treatment of final resort. When other treatments fail to help you, the surgeon will perform a tracheostomy to insert a tube in your throat so that you can breathe.  This tube will be covered during the day, but will remain open while you sleep.

Each of these surgeries are considered routine and are very safe.  For more information about surgical treatments for sleep apnea, and to schedule a consultation at our practice, contact us today.