Sleep apnea surgery by a maxillofacial surgeon may be recommended if you have a deviated nasal septum, enlarged tonsils, or a small lower jaw with an overbite that causes the throat airway to be too narrow. The most common surgeries are:
- Nasal surgery: To correct nasal problems such as a deviated septum.
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP): Removal of soft tissue on the back of the throat and palate, to increase the width of the airway at the opening of the throat.
- Mandibular maxillar advancement surgery: Repositions jaws to enlarge airway.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that needs to be treated. A definitive diagnosis of sleep apnea can only be made with a sleep study conducted during a visit to a sleep lab, usually overnight, or a home study performed with special equipment.