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Brockton Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons | Brockton dental care | MA | Sleep Apnea

Southeastern Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

John F. Coyne, DMD

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Phone (508) 588-0200
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www.southeasternoralsurgeons.com

www.drcoyne.net

Sleep Apnea
 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a very common problem and as the name suggests, this condition greatly disrupts the normal breathing pattern while asleep. Daytime sleepiness, poor concentration, and decreased energy are common symptoms of OSA that impact the quality of life. More importantly, OSA is a major contributor to other serious health conditions, such as:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • stroke

 

Many patients initiate treatment with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). However, many are unable to sleep well due to the bulky face mask and noise of the machine.  For those unable to tolerate CPAP, surgical options are available.  Uvula-Palato-Pharyngo-Plasty (UPPP) is a procedure that corrects the laxity of the soft palate and may not address the actual area of obstruction (which is frequently behind the tongue). Success rates of UPPP range from 41% to 65%.

A much more predictable and successful surgical procedure is Maxillo-Mandibular Advancement. By advancing the jaws, the areas of obstruction are pulled forward thereby greatly opening the airway. Success rates for this procedure approach 98%, therefore achieving important health benefits and requiring no further intervention. Adjunct procedures are also available. These include tongue base surgery and advancement of the chin (and thus the tongue).

You may also visit the AAOMS website for additional information at http://www.aaoms.org/sleep_apnea.php

 
 
 
 
 
Brockton Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. John Coyne provides Dental Implants, Wisdom Tooth Extraction, Sedation Dentistry, Dentistry to Special Needs Children, Same Day Dental Emergency Service and more. Dental Insurance is accepted. Proudly Serving the following locations: Randolph, MA, Abington, MA, Easton, MA, New Bedford, MA. Randolph, MA, Fall River, MA and other surrounding areas.