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Surgical Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Improving Quality of Life

Posted on 8/7/2023 by San Tan Oral Surgery
Surgical Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Improving Quality of LifeOSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) represents a globally recognized issue afflicting various people within our societies today. OSA is characterized by repetitive or partial hampering/blocking episodes experienced throughout the nighttime, resulting in interrupted breathing and associated oxygen deprivation following each episode.

Sufferers with high severity observe their symptoms getting worse over time, along with daytime functionality being compromised frequently. Existing treatment options remain inadequate, owing principally to significant compliance concerns among CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) service users, which must constantly be tracked while providing constant positive air pressure.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

In response, several innovative surgical options have arisen catering to those whose experiences leave them unable to tolerate CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) service. UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty) is a notable surgical option that removes problematic tissue from the uvula, soft palate, and pharynx to expand the upper airway, potentially alleviating frequent or severe sleep apnea episodes.

Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA)

While it may not be effective for individuals with large tongue base or lateral wall collapse, MMA (Maxillomandibular Advancement) provides another prospect involving moving upper/lower jaws to expand more space behind the tongue/soft palate area, reducing the likelihood of collapses. This method has boasted superior long-term results for those suffering from skeletal abnormalities contributing highly to OSA's (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) impact on them.

Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation (HNS)

HNS (Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation) represents a different approach utilizing an implanted machine stimulating the hypoglossal nerve - responsible for controlling tongue movement - during sleep conditions causing muscles at work that inhibits blockage areas as the patient rests. Offering improved symptom reduction and enhancing quality life measures for those undergoing treatment.

UPPP, MMA, and HNS each provide potential benefits for improving one's overall quality of life among people suffering from OSA. Still, it is always best to decide when you involve our team of experts who, via rigorous processes, will carefully consider/select which surgical option suits you best.

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