Robert P. Janowski, DDS | Sleep Apnea in Evansville

Janowski Family Dentistry

Robert P. Janowski, DDS

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Sleep Apnea
 

We use various appliances to help treat Sleep Apnea and Snoring, such as the TAP 3, Silent Night, and others.  A complete diagnostic work-up is needed to see if these appliances can be beneficial to the specific situation.  When these appliances cannot be used or are not sucessful, occasionally we will refer the patient to an oral surgeon for a consult to see if surgery may help.

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.