Mandibular Advancement Surgery

Obstructive sleep apnea interferes with normal life and can cause health problems, such as high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. If you have sleep apnea, you probably feel unrested when you wake up and tired during the day, because sleep apnea can interrupt your sleep many times during the night.

At the Yale Airway and Sleep Disorders Program, our team includes craniomaxillofacial surgeons and sleep disorder specialists. Together, we can diagnose if you have sleep apnea and help you understand which treatment options are best for your type and severity of sleep apnea.

If you have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, and you cannot tolerate CPAP or have daytime somnolence, mandibular advancement surgery can help. A mandibular advancement is jaw surgery that enlarges and stabilizes the entire velo-orohypopharyngeal airway (the area of the upper airway at the base of the tongue and soft palate). By moving the lower jaw forward, we can maximize airway effectiveness and treat lower jaw deformities that contribute to obstructive sleep apnea.