Sleep apnea is a very distressing condition that millions of Americans face every night. Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing stops during their sleep. This results in shallow breathing or complete lapses in breathing that range from a few seconds to minutes! As you probably can imagine, those who suffer with sleep apnea may experience drowsiness during the day, fatigue, headaches, mood swings, memory difficulties, focus cncerns, weight gain, and dry throat. If these daily symptoms aren’t enough, sleep apnea can also increase your risk of a number of diseases including high blood pressure and diabetes.
If you or a loved one has sleep apnea, there are a number of solutions to help you get a good night’s sleep and just the right amount of oxygen during your sleep. In fact, many who have come to the Visage Surgical Institute to seek an answer to their sleep apnea have seen very impressive results with jaw repositioning surgery.
How Jaw Repositioning Can Help
Jaw repositioning (also referred to as orthognathic surgery) helps move the lower or upper (or both) jaw bones to create better alignment of the teeth. While this may sound cosmetic, jaw repositioning achieves far more than just the improved appearance of the teeth!
For those who seek improvements with sleep apnea, Dr. Quereshy most likely will bring both jaw bones more forward. By bringing the jaw forward, it creates a more open airway so patients have an improved ability to breathe during sleep. Additionally, this altered anatomy is less likely to create blockages in the throat which can be responsible for the breathing stoppages associated with sleep apnea.
Considerations for Jaw Repositioning
Dr. Quereshy wants all of his Cleveland and Medina patients to understand the risks and benefits before choosing any procedure. The many benefits of jaw repositioning can include easier breathing during sleep, improved symptoms (e.g., less headaches, improved focus and concentration during the day, etc.), and long lasting results, as this surgery is a permanent change to anatomy.
Candidates for jaw repositioning surgery must also consider the recovery process. At the Visage Surgical Institute, Dr. Quereshy recommends one to two weeks for recovery. He may also recommend some lifestyle changes to improve your sleep including sleeping position and dietary restrictions. During your initial consultation, Dr. Quereshy will be able to discuss more in depth what you can expect when recovering from jaw repositioning surgery.
Is Jaw Repositioning Surgery Right for Me?
Sleep apnea can be a very frustrating condition, but our team at Visage Surgical Institute commend you for taking the next step towards a solution. Jaw repositioning surgery can be a very beneficial procedure for many of our patients who suffer from sleep apnea. During your initial consultation with our skilled facial surgeon Dr. Quereshy, your unique maxillofacial anatomy will be examined to determine if this treatment option will help give you the results you desire.
If you are interested in jaw repositioning surgery to improve sleep apnea, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Quereshy today.