Expert Surgeon Offers Jaw Surgery as a Solution for the Common Sleep Disorder
New York City based oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Majid Jamali is an expert in orthognathic surgery. This surgery is a very effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Jamali is proud to offer this permanent solution to patients who suffer from sleep apnea.
Orthognathic surgery is a procedure that involves one or both jaw bones. This surgery is performed to correct the alignment of the jaw. It is beneficial for people with sleep apnea, TMJ disorder or an incorrect bite.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a breathing disorder that disrupts sleep. It can cause daytime drowsiness. If left untreated, it can also cause more serious problems like irregular heartbeat, heart disease and high blood pressure. OSA also increases the risks of heart attack and stroke.
Orthognathic surgery has a high rate of success in curing OSA. Here are five reasons why the surgery is a good idea in the treatment of this common sleep disorder.
1. It is a one-time surgery that will most likely cure a patient’s OSA. The success rate of orthognathic surgery curing OSA is 90 to 100 percent. After surgery, there will be no need for additional surgeries in the future. This is not the type of surgery that needs to be repeated or added to at a later date.
2. Only one night in the hospital is necessary after this jaw surgery. There is no lengthy inconvenient hospital stay. The patient can return to their normal home environment quickly.
3. A CPAP machine will no longer be necessary. There will be no need to sleep with an uncomfortable mask. The strangeness of learning to breathe along with the air flow of a machine will be a thing of the past. The elaborate CPAP preparations every night can be removed from the bedtime routine.
4. This surgery is safe and painless. There may be some temporary numbness after the surgery because the jaw nerves are involved. The numbness helps to mask any pain. Orthognathic surgery is much more reliable than other surgeries for OSA. Tonsillectomy is not very effective for OSA and can be painful to recover from. UPPP surgery has only a 40 to 65 percent chance of success of curing OSA.
5. This surgery will create a better facial aesthetic. This is especially true of people who have small jaws. The facial bones, teeth and jaw bones will be in better balance. Computer-generated images can show a patient how they will appear after orthognathic surgery.
Dr. Jamali works closely with a patient’s orthodontist (in case braces are needed) or dentist in the planning of jaw surgery to make sure treatment is successful. Recently he helped correct a 57-year-old male’s severe OSA by advancing his upper and lower jaw and chin. This helped to open his airway and reposition his hyoid bone which is important in opening the airway.
Dr. Jamali got his doctorate degree in 1995 at Tufts University and was a practicing general dentist for 9 years. As part of his education, he received dental anesthesiology training. This gives him additional knowledge in his field and makes him an expert in anesthesia administration and pain control. He continued his education to become a surgeon and did his residency in Brooklyn, New York, at Kings County Hospital Center. He also completed a fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC for orthognathic surgery. He now runs his own practice in Manhattan, to learn more about your options for sleep apnea visit his website at http://www.omsofny.com/