Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (or OSA) is a serious condition that can impact your life in many negative ways. Symptoms include snoring, gasping for breath and waking numerous times throughout the night — resulting in a chronic lack of sleep. This can lead to drowsiness, morning headaches, sore throats, dry mouth, memory problems, depression and decreased libido.

A Nighttime Breathing Disorder May Lead to Long-Term Consequences

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The long-term consequences of OSA have also been linked to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Dangerous responses to medication or anesthesia
  • Falling asleep while working or driving

The causes of OSA usually come down to several different variables. For example, your throat muscles may relax too much while you sleep, causing the soft palate to collapse and obstruct your airway. Physical characteristics like an enlarged tongue or tonsils can also be a factor, as can the size and position of the jaw and nasal passages.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Are Uniquely Qualified To Treat OSA

Because there are so many variables, treatment is highly individualized and dependent on a full examination by your oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Nonsurgical treatments like oral appliances and changes in behavior, as well as CPAP machines, can all provide effective treatment. However, if you have already tried treatment and have not found relief, Dr. Rozanski and Dr. Schlieder can talk to you about your surgical options for a more permanent solution.

Your unique anatomy must be considered before deciding on a course of treatment, and you should never settle for a one-size-fits-all solution. If surgery is necessary, our team will be ready to walk you through every step of the process to better understand the protocol and realistic results of what your procedure would entail.

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If you or your family member needs treatment, has questions about oral and maxillofacial care, or simply wants to know more about our services, contact us today to set up a consultation with our qualified and highly skilled surgeons!

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Several Surgical Procedures Have Been Proven To Treat OSA


Nasal Surgery

This is used to treat obstruction of the nasal passage caused by issues like a deviated septum or a nasal valve collapse.



Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty removes or reshapes tissue around the soft palate and throat. This has gone out of favor in recent years.


Pillar Procedure

This is considered a minimally invasive procedure that uses small implants to reinforce the soft palate and reduce vibration.


Tongue Base Reduction

Large or excess tongue tissue can be removed surgically or even minimized through the application of radiofrequency waves.


Genioglossus Advancement (GGA)

This procedure moves the tongue muscle forward so it does not collapse backward during sleep.


Hyoid Advancement/

This option moves the small bone in your throat to expand the airway and prevent collapse.


Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA)

This procedure physically moves the upper and lower jaws forward to open the upper airway; after which, the jawbone is surgically stabilized in its new position.

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Sleep apnea treatment options do not always include surgery, and surgery is usually prescribed after other options have failed. However, at Great Basin Oral and Facial Surgery, we are uniquely equipped to offer evaluation and treatment for OSA, both surgical and otherwise.

You do not have to live with snoring, gasping for breath or waking up throughout the night. Contact us at Great Basin Oral and Facial Surgeryfor an OSA evaluation and let us help you get control of your symptoms and find relief!


Anesthesia is a crucial part of modern surgery, and Great Basin Oral and Facial Surgery offers a complete spectrum of choices to best suit your unique physiology and preferred comfort level.

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