If other measures do not solve sleep apnea and obstructed breathing during sleep, our dentists, Dr. Kanwarpal Singh and Dr. Vipasha Desai, might suggest a surgical option. There are a handful of different procedures that involve removing excess tissues from the throat when this is the culprit.

One surgery we might use is called a uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). This entails removing excess tissue from the upper mouth (the uvula and soft palate) as well as the throat (the pharynx). This surgery takes place under general anesthesia in a hospital environment.

Another procedure to treat sleep apnea is maxillomandibular advancement. Patients getting this surgery will have their upper and lower jaws (the maxilla and mandible) moved forward, relative to the other bones of the face. This allows the soft palate to have more room behind it, reducing the amount of airway obstruction.

While these treatments are usually successful, there are a small number of cases where additional action is needed. If the above treatments fail to provide the desired results, a final measure involves a tracheostomy, where the surgeon installs a tube in the throat, providing a new airway. This will be covered during the day but can be opened at night to allow for unobstructed breathing.

If you have any questions about sleep apnea surgery in Waterbury, Connecticut, please give Ace Dental Associates a call today at 203-753-9503 for more information.