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Maxillomandibular Surgery Improves Outcomes for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A study in the Journal of Oral and Maxillof­acial Surgery, “Maxilloman­di­bular Advancement Improves Multiple Health-Related and Functional Outcomes in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Multicenter Study,” has found maxillomandibular ad­vance­ment (MMA) to be an effective and safe treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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A study in the Journal of Oral and Maxillof­acial Surgery, “Maxilloman­di­bular Advancement Improves Multiple Health-Related and Functional Outcomes in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Multicenter Study,” has found maxillomandibular ad­vance­ment (MMA) to be an effective and safe treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). For this reason, the authors suggest clinicians consider MMA as the preferred treatment for patients with moderate to severe OSA who cannot stick with the treatment of continuous positive airway pressure or declined the device as a long-term treatment.

The multicenter study included 30 adults with severe OSA who underwent MMA therapy. The team notes these subjects experienced significant improvements in sleep-disordered breathing, sleepiness, sleep-specific quality of life, general quality of life, and performance related to mental processes. The patients’ blood pressure levels also dropped, researchers report.

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From Decisions in Dentistry. April 2019;5(4):8.

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