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Surgical Options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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1 Year Access
Member Price: $35.00 
Non-Member Price: $50.00 

Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a collective term, which includes snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Simply put, the term is descriptive of the effects of an anatomic partial collapse or obstruction of the upper airway during sleep.  Surgical management was the first treatment modality available for SDB.   Some of the first subjects to undergo surgery for an anatomic narrowing or blockage of the upper airway during sleep were those afflicted with the Pickwickian Syndrome (obesity-hypoventilation syndrome).  Tracheotomy was the sole surgical procedure available during this period and since it was lifesaving in these circumstances, tracheotomy was also used for others with nocturnal upper airway obstruction. Morbidity and mortality were not established except for the very severely affected, and the tracheotomy was not well tolerated or accepted by most patients even as a method to improve the quality of life, or extend life itself.  In the early 70’s the term used to describe nocturnal airway obstruction was hypersomnia with periodic apnea (HPA), later revised to be called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), and now better known collectively as Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB).

Recorded: 2/2/2018 | Duration: 1 hr 3 min


Jose Barrera, MD

Target Audience

This course is intended for beginner, intermediate and advanced-level dentists.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the upper airway reconstruction and general clinical outcomes

  • Understand treatment rationale and indications for surgery

  • Become familiar with a systematic medical and surgical evaluation

NOTE: Online learning modules can be accessed in the AADSM Online Learning Center. This learning module is eligible for Continuing Education Credit (CE). Frequently Asked Questions

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