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What surgical treatments are available to treat sleep apnea?

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?Soft palate surgery: Trims extra tissue in the back of your throat or tongue, or removes tonsils to widen your airways. Also called uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).

?Septoplasty or turbinate reduction: Nose surgery to straighten a deviated septum or trim extra tissues in your nasal passages. It may help air flow easier through your nose.

?Radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction: Shrinks and tightens your soft palate, tonsils, or tongue with heat.

?Palatal implants: Surgery to treat mild sleep apnea or snoring. Small rods are inserted into your soft palate to stiffen the tissue and prevent airway blockage.

?Genioglossus advancement: Moves your tongue forward by making a cut into your jawbone, then moving that piece of bone up to push your tongue up.

?Maxillomandibular osteotomy and advancement: This surgery for more severe sleep apnea cuts and repositions your jaw to widen your throat so you breathe better. You�ll need to have your jaw wired shut for a few days.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep Apnea.”

American Sleep Association: “CPAP Machines and CPAP Masks,” “Information on the Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece Device.”

American Association of Sleep Technologists: “Pros and Cons of APAP Therapy,” “Pros and Cons of Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV) for Sleep Apnea,” “5 Alternative Sleep Apnea Treatment Options.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “CPAP.”

Journal of Thoracic Disease : “New developments in the use of positive airway pressure for obstructive sleep apnea.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “BiPAP.”

Duke Health: “New Sleep Apnea Treatment Offers CPAP Alternative.”

National Sleep Foundation: “The Latest Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : “The Clinical Effect of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.”

Sleep Medicine : “Treatment of moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome with acupuncture: a randomised, placebo-controlled pilot trial.”

Mayo Clinic: “Valerian: a safe and effective herbal sleep aid?”

Neurotherapeutics: “New and Unconventional Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

American Academy of Sleep Medicine: “Surgery--Surgical Procedures.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 17, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep Apnea.”

American Sleep Association: “CPAP Machines and CPAP Masks,” “Information on the Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece Device.”

American Association of Sleep Technologists: “Pros and Cons of APAP Therapy,” “Pros and Cons of Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV) for Sleep Apnea,” “5 Alternative Sleep Apnea Treatment Options.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “CPAP.”

Journal of Thoracic Disease : “New developments in the use of positive airway pressure for obstructive sleep apnea.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “BiPAP.”

Duke Health: “New Sleep Apnea Treatment Offers CPAP Alternative.”

National Sleep Foundation: “The Latest Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : “The Clinical Effect of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.”

Sleep Medicine : “Treatment of moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome with acupuncture: a randomised, placebo-controlled pilot trial.”

Mayo Clinic: “Valerian: a safe and effective herbal sleep aid?”

Neurotherapeutics: “New and Unconventional Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

American Academy of Sleep Medicine: “Surgery--Surgical Procedures.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 17, 2020

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