Sometimes, a contributing factor to the development of sleep apnea is the tongue collapsing into the back of the throat and blocking airway passages. There are a couple of different ways this problem can be treated, but a dentist or oral surgeon may recommend
How Genioglosus Advancement Surgery Works
The objective of this surgery is to increase the size of the airway passage and add tension to the tongue to prevent it from collapsing backwards by pulling the organ forward. To that end, an oral surgeon will cut a small rectangular window of bone where the
This surgery is almost always performed in conjunction with other oral procedures aimed at correcting additional issues contributing to sleep apnea. For example, the surgeon may also perform uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) to remodel the tissues in the back of the throat to stop them from collapsing into airway passages.
If successful, the procedure can significantly improve air flow and alleviate sleep apnea.
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology,
There are several things that can influence the success of this
Possible Side Effects
After the surgery, you may experience numbness in your lower lip, difficulty swallowing, and mild pain for a few weeks. Like with any other type of surgery, there is a risk of infection that can be controlled with the use of antibiotics. The surgery itself may cause damage to the teeth, requiring extraction at a later date, and jaw fractures are also possible.
The risk of experiencing these side effects, however, can be minimized by choosing a skilled doctor to do the procedure. For more information about