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Kenneth Brochin, DDS, LLC | Sleep Apnea in Toledo

Kenneth Brochin, DDS, LLC

General, Family, Cosmetic Dentistry, Implants, and Reconstruction



Sleep Apnea


For patients with sleep apnea, or even simple snoring problems, we can construct a simple appliance for the patient to wear when sleeping which will hold the lower jaw forward, thus opening the posterior airway to eliminate snoring and apnea.  In most cases this is a very successful treatment, many times eliminating the need for mechanical forced air devices (such as c-pap macheines). 

When conservative treatment fails, a referral to an oral surgeon may be warranted.  The following are some of the procedures available:

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.