Sleep Apnea


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome is the most common form of sleep disordered breathing. It is linked to a muscular relaxation causing a narrowing of the pharynx. The air circulation is more difficult, causing snoring (partial obstruction) and temporary cessation of breathing or apnea (complete obstruction).

Consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome are:

  • Every day, excessive sleepiness and difficulty concentrating increasing accident risks (car, work ...) and depression
  • In the long term, the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, stroke), diabetes or / and obesity.

If diagnosis, treatment is essential. Its purpose is to keep open the pharynx by increasing respiratory pressure (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), or by releasing the air passage in the upper respiratory tract (by advancement of the lower jaw transiently (Orthosis Advanced Mandibular) or permanent (orthognathicsurgery)).

 

Orthognathicsurgery (mandibularosteotomies or bimaxillary) is part of the armamentarium of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome.

 

Nevertheless, it obeys a number of rules and against indications to be eliminated at the first visit with the surgeon.

 

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