Surgery is a valid treatment option for sleep apnea, but it should be used only as a last resort. Why? Because it’s irreversible. It can also be very invasive and painful to recover from. The goal of sleep apnea surgery is the same as that of an oral sleep apnea appliance: open up the airway. Some sleep apnea surgery options include:

  • Post-surgical UP3 patient image from Wikipedia.orgNasal surgery to correct a deviated septum or a collapsed or narrow nasal valve
  • Pharyngoplasty, including uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (also called UPPP or UP3)
  • Uvulectomy, including Uvulopalatal Flap surgery
  • Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Maxillomandibular Expansion
  • Maxillomandibular Advancement
  • Genioglossus Advancement

Surgery for sleep apnea is not evil, and some times it is necessary for a patient to have surgery in order to benefit from other types of sleep apnea treatment such as Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). One reason might be that the tonsils might just be so large that even with a mandibular advancement splint like the SomnoDent that tries to open the airway, the air flow is still obstructed by the tonsils. Contact us if you’d like a sleep apnea consultation. We can refer you to an Omaha oral surgeon who knows about sleep apnea if we think that sleep apnea surgery is right for you.