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What surgery treats sleep apnea?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
8 doctors agree

In brief: Many different types

The surgery depends on where the anatomical problem is.
If the only problem is extremely large tonsils then tonsillectomy can be curative. More often it is a combination of airway problems including the back of the throat and the tongue. The most successful operations move the tongue forward or reduce the size of the back of the tongue opening the airway. An ENT evaluation can be helpful.

In brief: Many different types

The surgery depends on where the anatomical problem is.
If the only problem is extremely large tonsils then tonsillectomy can be curative. More often it is a combination of airway problems including the back of the throat and the tongue. The most successful operations move the tongue forward or reduce the size of the back of the tongue opening the airway. An ENT evaluation can be helpful.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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David Miller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Different options

See a sleep medicine specialist first for a proper evaluation and sleep study.
For mild or moderate sleep apnea, a CPAP or bipap machine at home may be enough. In severe cases, surgery may be indicated, and there are several options that an ENT doctor can discuss. First you need to know the extent of the sleep apnea, then you can explore what treatment options might be best for you.

In brief: Different options

See a sleep medicine specialist first for a proper evaluation and sleep study.
For mild or moderate sleep apnea, a CPAP or bipap machine at home may be enough. In severe cases, surgery may be indicated, and there are several options that an ENT doctor can discuss. First you need to know the extent of the sleep apnea, then you can explore what treatment options might be best for you.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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Dr. Robert Haake
Mandibular advancement (dental) devices may also be used as an alternative treatment to CPAP in mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Many

Many. The surgical solution is targeted on the source of blockage.
Nasal, throat, tongue, small jaw. Get a surgical opinion from both ENT and oral & maxillofacial surgeons.

In brief: Many

Many. The surgical solution is targeted on the source of blockage.
Nasal, throat, tongue, small jaw. Get a surgical opinion from both ENT and oral & maxillofacial surgeons.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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