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What is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMFS)?

An OMFS is the most extensively trained type of dental surgeon, with specialized training in face, mouth, and jaw surgery. This includes:

  • Four years of dental school
  • Three to six additional years of training in surgery, medicine, and anaesthesia
  • Some OMFS are also Medical Doctors and/or have additional post-residency subspecialty fellowship training

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery at Argyle Associates

At Argyle Associates, Oral and maxillofacial work with sleep medicine physicians to find the best treatment for you. Surgery is considered when the other treatment options have been explored. The Ottawa Surgical Sleep Apnea clinic will only consider OSA surgery if the patient has completed a trial of CPAP.

Once it has been determined that obstructive sleep apnea surgery is the best treatment, the cause of the apnea must be located. Depending on the patient, there may be one or several causes of apnea. The surgery being performed must match the problem or problems. For example, surgical treatments for obstructive sleep apnea can address issues with the nose, palate, tongue, jaw, neck, obesity, or several of these at the same time.

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Diagnosing & Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can have negative implications on a person’s sleep cycle and overall health. During sleep, the upper airway will narrow and cause a person to temporarily stop breathing. This pause in breathing is referred to as apnea. Apneas send a signal to the brain which causes the person to wake up just enough to restore their breathing. This cycle repeats several times over the course of one night. Most people that suffer from OSA are not aware of the symptoms that present themselves during sleep.

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include daytime drowsiness, snoring with pauses in breathing, gasping or choking during sleep, restless sleep, issues with mental functions, and lack of focus. If you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms or someone has pointed out your disruptive sleep patterns, you may be suffering from OSA. Obstructive sleep apnea has a few treatments that can help a person manage the symptoms of this sleep disorder. Oral appliances and CPAP or BiPAP devices are commonly used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. If these treatments are not effective or you are suffering more severely from OSA, surgery is likely the best course of action.


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An OMFS is trained to diagnose and treat many diseases, injuries, and defects of the teeth, mouth, jaw, head, and neck.


All OMFSs undergo mandatory anesthesia training in a hospital-based setting. This makes them unique among the many dental and surgical specialties. Our surgeons and staff are pleased to offer the complete range of anaesthesia options to our patients.

Hospital Privileges

All the surgeons at Argyle Associates have hospital privileges in the Ottawa region. This allows us to treat patients in a hospital-based setting when necessary. We can therefore provide care for a variety of complex injuries and conditions, including urgent care and trauma. In addition to their work in our 4 offices, our surgeons are all actively engaged in the hospitals, providing urgent care for a variety of complex injuries and conditions.

Conditions Treated

An OMFS diagnoses and surgically treats these conditions:

Learn about the procedures we perform at Argyle Associates.

Why Dentists Refer Patients to OMFS

Dentists refer their patients to us for many reasons. Trust and overall quality of care are at the top of the list. Removing wisdom teeth and placing dental implants are two of the most common surgical procedures that we perform.

  • We are highly skilled, educated, and experienced in handling complex procedures and conditions related to the face, mouth, and jaws.
  • As a large group of surgeons with nursing staff and multiple locations, we are generally able to schedule surgeries and postoperative visits quickly.
  • We support your dentist or family physician when they require additional surgical support to manage surgical complications. Due to the extent of our experience in and focus on surgery, we can perform the procedure efficiently and with minimal complications.
  • We offer the full range of anaesthesia options. This includes, local anaesthesia (freezing), nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral sedation, intravenous (IV) conscious and deep sedation, and general anaesthesia.
  • We can treat patients in private clinic or a hospital-based setting.

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