In extreme cases — and only when medically warranted — miVIP Sleep Centers offer several surgical solutions for sleep apnea and snoring disorders. Surgery is often effective in treating snoring and sleep apnea when the bones and tissues in your mouth, neck, and throat are not aligned properly.
During a consultation and evaluation, our surgeons will determine what part of your upper airway is causing the airflow obstruction. There are several locations where airway obstruction may occur and it is important that you are properly diagnosed to determine which type of operation is required to treat your sleep disorder.
Surgery for sleep apnea removes excess tissue from your nose or throat that may be vibrating and causing you to snore, or that may be blocking your upper air passages and causing sleep apnea. Surgical options include:
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).This type of surgery seeks to stop throat structures from vibrating and causing snoring. Under a general anesthetic, the surgeon removes tissue from the rear of the mouth and top of the throat, and usually the tonsils and adenoids as well. UPPP is usually not recommended for sleep apnea, since tissue farther down your throat may still block your air passage.
- Maxillomandibular advancement. The jaw is moved forward from the bones in the face, enlarging the space behind the tongue and soft palate, and making obstruction less likely. This procedure may be performed by an oral surgeon and an orthodontist, and at times may be combined with another procedure, if necessary.
- Tracheostomy. When you have severe, life-threatening sleep apnea. In this procedure, the surgeon makes an opening in the neck and inserts a metal or plastic tube in which to breathe. At night the patient uncovers it to allow air to pass in and out of your lungs, bypassing the blocked air passage in your throat.
- Nasal surgery to remove polyps or straighten a crooked partition between your nostrils (deviated nasal septum)
- Surgery to remove enlarged tonsils or adenoids
Surgical solutions may be combined with other non-surgical treatments to ensure that your sleep apnea and snoring are properly treated. miVIP Sleep Centers offer a full range of treatments to provide individualized treatments plans for each patient.