Using oral surgery to help sleep apnea seeks to remove the excess tissue in the throat that is vibrating and blocking the upper air passages. One surgical procedure is an Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). This procedure involves removing the excess tissue from the upper mouth and throat. This procedure in performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. Maxillomandibular advancement is another type of procedure used to assist with sleep apnea. This procedure involves the upper and lower part of the jaw. In this procedure, the jaw is moved forward from the rest of the facial bones. This allows more room behind the soft palate, thereby reducing the obstruction. Finally a Tracheostomy is a last ditch effort when other treatments have failed. This involves the surgeon inserting a tube in your throat so you can breathe. It is covered during the day, but opens at night while you sleep. All of the aforementioned surgeries are routine and very safe.
Fortunately, sleep apnea physicians are recommending, by prescription to your dentist, another form of therapy other than CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). These intraoral appliances allow the patient to breathe effectively without the use and inconvience of a CPAP machine. The appliances only work with obstructive and not central sleep apnea. You should ask your sleep physician if this is appropriate for your type of sleep apnea.