If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, you are most likely aware of the debilitating consequences of this condition. Poor sleep, loud snoring, daytime fatigue, headaches, poor concentration, mood swings—all these symptoms and more are everyday occurrences for most people suffering from sleep apnea. Thankfully, if your obstructive sleep apnea is a result of mispositioned jaw(s), you can find relief from these symptoms with personalized jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) from your oral surgeon.
Why Treat Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea can make it difficult to enjoy an energized and healthy life. But long-term, the consequences of this condition are significantly worse. Sleep apnea increases the risk for or worsens systemic health issues, including obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, and can lead to a weakened immune system, memory loss, heart attack, and stroke. For patients with problematic jaw position as the main cause of their sleep apnea, seeking treatment can improve their quality of sleep, oral and physical health, and overall quality of life.
How Jaw Surgery Treats Sleep Apnea
Jaw surgery, or jaw advancement surgery, involves repositioning and realigning one or both jaws. While this is primarily completed for functional issues, establishing correct jaw position can improve facial aesthetics, too, especially in the profile where a recessed jaw results in a small chin. During surgery, the lower jaw (and sometimes upper jaw as well) is moved forward, along with the tissues and tongue, to create a larger airway. Moving the jaw forward also significantly reduces the chances of these tissues and the tongue falling back into the narrow airway and partially obstructing (snoring) or completing obstructing the area during sleep. In recent studies, jaw surgery for sleep apnea retained an over 90% success rate!
Benefiting from Sleep Apnea Surgery
- More restful, rejuvenating sleep
- Daytime energy and concentration
- Improved cognitive function and mood
- Minimal or eliminated snoring
- Better oral and physical health
- Reduced risk of systemic complications
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