About 40% of people over the age of 40 snore and half of those snore every night. In most cases, snoring is merely inconvenient. But for some men and women, it may be a symptom of OSA, which is very serious.

OSA can be due to dentofacial abnormalities. OSA in these patients is not related to age, gender, or health. Most often, however, OSA is seen in male patients who are middle age and obese. Most also have at least two chronic diseases.

There are two main non-surgical treatments for obstructive sleep apnea:

  • A mechanical device called a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This machine is used to keep the airway open during sleep.
  • A mouthpiece that keeps the jaw forward during sleep may also be prescribed.

Some patients cannot tolerate CPAP treatment. The mouthpiece option may not be sufficient. For patients who require it, surgical options are available.

Surgery is considered only after all the risks, benefits, and alternatives are understood. For example, the Ottawa Surgical Sleep Apnea clinic will consider OSA surgery only if the patient has completed a trial of CPAP.

There may be one or several causes of apnea. The surgery must match the problem or problems. For example, surgical treatments can address issues with the nose, palate, tongue, jaw, neck, obesity, or several of these at the same time.

Argyle Associates’ Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons have significant experience diagnosing and treating sleep apnea.