Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is serious condition that impacts a person’s breathing during sleep. People experience abnormally low breathing or pauses in breathing (called an apnea). They are not typically aware of having any breathing difficulty when awake. The impact impaired breathing during sleep causes fatigue, vision or memory problems, and other effects associated with sleep deprivation, as well as low blood oxygen.
Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea, typically happens when the muscles in the throat relax and block the airway. Individuals with low muscle tone and soft tissue around the airway, and those who have oral structural features that give rise to a narrowed airway are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea.
The Center has extensive experience in the obstructive sleep apnea surgery. For our patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea, we perform maxillomandibular advancement, orthognathic surgery, genioplasty, tongue reduction and tracheostomy.