Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which nocturnal breathing disorders occur in the form of pauses in breathing that cannot be explained by any other medical condition or medication. The nocturnal breathing pauses (so-called apnea and hypnosis) can be objectified in the sleep laboratory. They lead to daytime sleepiness, limitations in performance, impaired concentration and irritability, which severely restricts the quality of life.

In addition to general medical and otorhinolaryngologist analysis, oral and maxillofacial surgery and orthodontic diagnostics are relevant, in which the relationships between the skulls are measured as called cephalometric measurement.

As an alternative to nocturnal positive pressure ventilation (PAP), which is often not tollerated, the following therapy options are available, which we offer you.

In the case of mild or moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea, lower jaw protrusion splints can be made for the night. The resulting forward displacement of the lower jaw leads to an improvement in the symptoms

If the cephalometric measurement of the skull reveals a jaw misalignment (e.g. a lower jaw protrusion), the oral and maxillofacial surgeon, in cooperation with the orthodontist, can perform jaw adjustment operations (bimaxillary adjustment osteotomies or “maxibulo-mandibular advancement”).

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