For patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, there are surgical procedures that can restore air flow to make breathing easier. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you may not always respond well to typical treatments such as the use of continuous positive airway pressure devices (CPAP) or other oral appliances. When these treatments are not effective, Penn specialists will assess whether you require surgical treatment or more advanced sleep medicine treatment techniques.
Penn specialists can evaluate the anatomical cause of your sleep apnea in order to determine the best surgical treatment option for you.
- Sleep Apnea Surgery for the Nasal Cavities
- Sleep Apnea Surgery for the Jaw
- Sleep Apnea Surgery for the Throat and Tongue
Most people with sleep apnea try a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine for relief. This sleep apnea treatment works for some, but about half of all the people who try CPAP don’t see an improvement in their sleep apnea. Sometimes the mask causes discomfort or claustrophobia. In other cases, someone may tolerate wearing the mask but just not find it to be effective.
For these patients, we’ve created the Penn CPAP Alternatives Clinic to identify the causes of each patient’s sleep apnea and provide the optimal treatment.