Surgery for Sleep Apnea Thousand Oaks
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is the most doctor-prescribed medical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, this breathing therapy, involving pressurized air blown through a mask placed over the nose, does not always prove effective in controlling OSA symptoms. In cases where CPAP falls short of providing relief, our Thousand Oaks surgery for sleep apnea expert may recommend surgery.
Before considering surgery, a 3-month trial period is usually recommended to try other sleep apnea treatments like CPAP and oral appliances. Surgery is an invasive form of treatment, so our expert in surgery for sleep apnea in Thousand Oaks makes absolutely sure before recommending it. Also, successfully treating sleep apnea symptoms with surgery often involves a combination of procedures. The shape of airways and throats tends to vary from patient to patient, and the level of obstruction is not always the same.
Thousand Oaks Surgery for Sleep Apnea
Types of Sleep Apnea Surgery:
• Jaw repositioning or maxillomandibular advancement
This surgery moves the jaw forward, enlarging the space behind the tongue. This minimizes the chances of obstructed breathing. An oral surgeon and/or an orthodontist may be enlisted to successfully administer this treatment.
• Tissue removal
During this procedure, our Thousand Oaks surgery for sleep apnea expert removes tissue from the top of the throat and the back of the mouth. The tonsils and adenoids are often also removed. Removing throat tissue often results in fewer vibrations and less snoring.
Under local anesthetic, tiny surgical rods are placed in your soft palate. This leads to a stiffening of the soft palate, resulting in a more open airway.
• Nasal surgery
Nasal obstruction often plays a huge role in sleep apnea symptoms like snoring. One of the most common nasal surgeries is the straightening of a deviated septum, allowing more room in the nose through which air can freely move. This procedure has a solid success rate, and is generally well-received by patients.
Sleep apnea surgery is much more extensive than the above list. If you would like to know more about surgical treatments for sleep apnea, call our office to schedule a consultation with our expert in surgery for sleep apnea in Thousand Oaks.