How Can Jaw Surgery Help My Sleep Apnea Condition?

October 15, 2018

If you’re waking up groggy and irritable, it’s possible that you have a condition known as sleep apnea. This condition causes restless sleep due to your breathing repeatedly stopping and starting again. Fortunately, you can overcome this condition through a variety of treatments such as jaw surgery. Discover the details:

Jaw Surgery & Sleep Apnea

Did you know that over 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders? A good night’s sleep is vital for productivity and overall health. But, the question remains: why are so many people having issues with sleep? Many experts believe it is due to a misaligned jaw.

If your jaw is misaligned, it causes your tongue to rest in an abnormal way due to the way the lower and upper teeth are aligned. When your teeth are misaligned, your tongue can potentially block your airways as you sleep. When your body can’t take a full breath, it will force you to wake up at night or cause you to never enter into a deep sleep. It can also cause obstructive sleep apnea – a condition that can have serious health repercussions.

Jaw Surgery as an Effective Treatment

Jaw surgery has been proven to be an effective treatment for sleep apnea related issues. By aligning the jaw correctly, your tongue can rest normally, and your airways won’t be blocked. This will help eliminate sleep apnea and its symptoms (snoring, morning headaches, fatigue, dry throat, and more).

Beyond sleep apnea and breathing problems, jaw surgery can help other issues such as:

  • Difficulty chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Improper bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Speech problems
  • TMJ or chronic jaw

If you have any of the issues listed above, don’t hesitate to contact us today to set up an appointment with Dr. Tomlinson. He has helped hundreds of people find relief from their jaw-related issues and he can help you, too!