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Can rhinoplasty influence sleep apnea? I am suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring at night and difficulty falling asleep are usual things for me. I am about to have a rhinoplasty. Could the change in the shape of my nose reduce my sleep apnea?

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Dr. Barry Cohen
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

Usually weight loss, cpap, and possibly a palato uvuloplasty can help.
You should have a sleep study if you have not already. Septorhinoplasty can help snoring but not sleep apnea per se.

In brief: Unlikely

Usually weight loss, cpap, and possibly a palato uvuloplasty can help.
You should have a sleep study if you have not already. Septorhinoplasty can help snoring but not sleep apnea per se.
Dr. Barry Cohen
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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

It all depends on the anatomical source of obstruction that leads to a type of apnea called a hypopnea that could be as result of UARS-upper airway resistance syndrome.
If this is the case in your condition, then yes possibly can decrease your OSA.

In brief: Possibly

It all depends on the anatomical source of obstruction that leads to a type of apnea called a hypopnea that could be as result of UARS-upper airway resistance syndrome.
If this is the case in your condition, then yes possibly can decrease your OSA.
Dr. Sal Aragona
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Dr. Tanveer Janjua
Facial Plastic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Rhino, sleep apnea

Change in the shape of your nose will not do anything for your sleep apnea.
However, if you have nasal obstruction and it is corrected at the same time with either septoplasty, turbinectomy or nasal valve surgery that will help tremendously. The other concern is the pressure of face or nose mask that you might be using for CPAP machine. If you do, then you have to avoid it for at least 3 weeks.

In brief: Rhino, sleep apnea

Change in the shape of your nose will not do anything for your sleep apnea.
However, if you have nasal obstruction and it is corrected at the same time with either septoplasty, turbinectomy or nasal valve surgery that will help tremendously. The other concern is the pressure of face or nose mask that you might be using for CPAP machine. If you do, then you have to avoid it for at least 3 weeks.
Dr. Tanveer Janjua
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Dr. Lance Timmerman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

It is "possible" that the airway is improved during the procedure, but unless that was done on purpose, it will only have a cosmetic effect.
You should see a team for your condition, starting with a sleep MD. CPAP may be a first method, then Oral Appliance Therapy from a trained sleep dentist, and then a surgical option. Many successful treatments include a combination of all.

In brief: Probably not

It is "possible" that the airway is improved during the procedure, but unless that was done on purpose, it will only have a cosmetic effect.
You should see a team for your condition, starting with a sleep MD. CPAP may be a first method, then Oral Appliance Therapy from a trained sleep dentist, and then a surgical option. Many successful treatments include a combination of all.
Dr. Lance Timmerman
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

Deviated septum and nasal valve deformity are common problems that can contribute to nasal obstruction and sleep apnea.
Ask your surgeon if you have these problems and make sure they are aware you have sleep apnea.

In brief: Possibly

Deviated septum and nasal valve deformity are common problems that can contribute to nasal obstruction and sleep apnea.
Ask your surgeon if you have these problems and make sure they are aware you have sleep apnea.
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. Anthony Sclafani
Facial Plastic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Very unlikely

Rhinoplasty is performed to alter the external appearance of the nose, and can be combined with other procedures, such as septoplasty or turbinate surgery, to improve nasal breathing.
It is very unlikely it will improve sleep apnea.

In brief: Very unlikely

Rhinoplasty is performed to alter the external appearance of the nose, and can be combined with other procedures, such as septoplasty or turbinate surgery, to improve nasal breathing.
It is very unlikely it will improve sleep apnea.
Dr. Anthony Sclafani
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Dr. William Depaso
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It

It is very unlikely that a rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons will have any effect on sleep apnea.

In brief: It

It is very unlikely that a rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons will have any effect on sleep apnea.
Dr. William Depaso
Dr. William Depaso
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Yes

Yes. Crooked nose and deviated septum can contribute to obstruction.
Functional septorhinoplasty has a role in treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. See ENT surgeon or facial plastic surgeon to discuss this.

In brief: Yes

Yes. Crooked nose and deviated septum can contribute to obstruction.
Functional septorhinoplasty has a role in treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. See ENT surgeon or facial plastic surgeon to discuss this.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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