Jaw Surgery Improves Outcomes in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients

A study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has found maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) to be a significantly effective and safe treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. For this reason, MMA should be considered as the preferred treatment for patients with moderate to severe OSA who cannot stick with the treatment of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or declined CPAP as a long-term treatment, researchers concluded.

The multicenter study included 30 adult patients with severe OSA who underwent MMA because they were unable to continue CPAP therapy or they declined to use CPAP long term. After undergoing MMA, patients experienced significant improvements in sleep-disordered breathing, sleepiness, sleep-specific quality of life, general quality of life and performance related to mental processes as well as lower blood pressure, according to the study.

The study, “Maxillomandibular Advancement Improves Multiple Health-Related and Functional Outcomes in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Multicenter Study,” is available online. 

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