If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea you’re not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, over 18 million adults are in the same boat. You’re experiencing numerous sleep interruptions during bedtime where you actually stop breathing for at least 10 seconds each time. Not only are these episodes disruptive to your quality of sleep, they can be pretty darn scary. Left untreated, sleep apnea, over time, can cause hypertension, heart disease, memory problems and/or mood disorders.
If you’ve had a formal diagnosis you also know that the CPAP mask is the first line of defense. But some individuals simply cannot tolerate the mask that fits over the mouth and nose during sleep to keep air passages open. As a plastic and craniofacial surgeon I have a unique understanding of your problem and through surgery can offer you long-term benefits. As one of a handful of surgeons with a craniofacial background focusing on jaw surgery, my expertise allows me to confidently offer you this alternative to the CPAP mask and a way to restore your quality of life.
During your surgery I will readjust the position of your jaw and nose by moving them slightly forward, along with the accompanying soft tissue to permanently clear your air passages. Surgery, depending upon the individual, typically takes between four to six hours. This adjustment surgery is the only effective method approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for the treatment of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. While recovery is somewhat prolonged, multiple studies have shown that this procedure provides long-term reductions of sleep apnea of approximately 87 percent.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and have decided that the CPAP mask is not the way you want to live your life, I invite you to call our office manager at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ to request your one-to-one consultation with me. It’s the first step in learning whether you are an ideal candidate for the surgery.