About Sleep Apnea Surgery
Many of our patients at Millennium Surgical with obstructive sleep apnea go to bed with an uncomfortable CPAP machine that delivers pressurized oxygen through a nasal mask to limit breathing interruptions during sleep. Our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Bartlomiej Nierzwicki, gives patients two other surgical options to help remedy their disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. These obstructive sleep apnea surgeries are:
- Laser assisted uvulo-palato-plasty (LAUPP) that tightens the soft palate, and can be performed under light IV sedation at our office.
- Orthognathic surgery involves repositioning the upper and lower jaw to make the airway wider, and will require the procedure to be performed in a hospital, and the patient will have a 1 – 2-night stay at a local hospital.
At our office in Chicago, IL, we provide a thorough consultation with an examination. Dr. Nierzwiki can explain these options in further detail and study your specific case with you, and recommend a customized treatment plan based on your needs. If you would like to learn more, please call and set up an appointment today.
"Great surgeon and the staff amazing, made me feel very comfortable and answer all my questions, I'll definitely recommend family and friends"- J.M. / Facebook / Sep 17, 2017
"The staff is extremely respectful and knowledgeable. Both the doctor and assistants provided me with information that was easy to understand regarding the procedure. I can not express just how satisfied I am with my experience."- A.R. / Facebook / Sep 12, 2017
"I came to Millenium Surgical to get my wisdom teeth removed. Dr. Nierzwicki was great and made me feel very comfortable being put to sleep with anesthesia. Not only did that, but he took the time to explain all my options and then the entire procedure and answer ALL of my questions before hand. After the procedure, Dr. Nierzwicki called to check up and see how I was feeling. I felt so at ease from start to finish during the entire processes. The entire staff was very kind and helpful, from Kenya to Maggie. Highly recommend!!"- S.S. / Facebook / Sep 07, 2017
"I was referred by a friend to Dr. Cienawa who then referred me to Dr. Bart - the same day - to have my two bottom wisdom teeth removed. As I have never had even a stitch before in my life, I was nervous about being put to sleep, etc. (especially after the horror stories everyone tell you about getting their wisdom teeth removed!). Dr. Bart led the consultation along with Kenia and went over other options where I could stay awake. Honestly, I think that took more time than the... actual extraction itself! The consultation was thorough and helpful, so when I made the decision it was all green lights. I was truly taken care of - and last minute, which I so appreciate, and was able to not be put to sleep, and still be pain free. I appreciate also the woman who walked me through the billing process and (this is on my insurance more than the practice) while it was a hefty upfront cost, I am pleased with the decision I made (they even gave me a shirt!) because I was able to still enjoy my Labor Day weekend up in Michigan! I would highly recommend this place due to the professional demeanor of the office, the staff, and the doctor. Thank you!"- J.W. / Facebook / Sep 05, 2017
"Very professional place and friendly. I recommend many friends to go there!"- M.R. / Facebook / Sep 02, 2017
Reasons for Treatment
Why is surgery needed for sleep apnea? When a person has disruptive sleep and low blood oxygen levels, it can lead to repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation, which causes severe cardiovascular problems in the future. This happens during sleep when the tongue is positioned against the back of the throat, blocking the upper airway, and stopping the flow of oxygen. Once the brain signals low levels of oxygen, the body naturally wakens to clear the throat. This can be startling and can sound like a loud gasp. Partners of men and women with sleep apnea often live with disruptive sleep as well, and wake suddenly to the snoring and gasping noise.
We treat obstructive sleep apnea very seriously, and usually our patients are referred to us after the condition has progressed to a stage where the patient is continually living with the repercussions of the condition (cardiovascular problems, depression, excessive daytime sleepiness, loss of concentration, and poor quality of sleep).
During the Procedure
As discussed earlier, you have several options when it comes to procedural methods in treating obstructive sleep apnea. After a complete consultation, we will recognize your symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment options. We will ask for a detailed health history and perform an examination. With skull X-rays, the doctors can determine the level of obstruction. Occasionally, we will perform a naso-pharyngeal exam with a flexible, fiber-optic camera. Also, we may confirm the amount of cardiovascular compromise and decreased oxygenation levels with an overnight sleep study.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that most major medical plans will cover if surgery is the best option for treatment. Our insurance and financial coordinators are available to discuss your coverage options. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon and staff recognize that sleep apnea is a very critical, life-endangering condition, and we will do our best to get you the finest care possible.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Get Peaceful Sleep Again
Falling to sleep underneath a facial mask, waking up startled or out of breath, and/or risking the increase of cardiovascular disease are all very good reasons to have a sleep apnea consultation at our oral and maxillofacial surgeon practice. We take your health very seriously. We hope that you will call us when you are ready to take the next step in taking control of the damage sleep apnea causes to your health. Call today for an appointment.