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Types of Tongue Reduction Surgery

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Office
A man in dental chair ready for oral surgeryTongue reduction surgery offers hope and relief to individuals grappling with obstructive sleep apnea and related conditions. This innovative approach targets the underlying causes of airway obstruction, providing practical solutions for improved breathing and sleep quality. There are two main types of tongue base reduction surgeries:

Resection of the Tongue Base

This surgery focuses on surgically removing excess tissue from the base of the tongue. This procedure benefits patients with anatomical abnormalities or enlarged tongues contributing to airway obstruction during sleep. By reshaping the tongue base, surgeons can create a more open airway, reducing the severity of sleep apnea symptoms and improving overall breathing patterns.

Base of Tongue Coblation

Tongue coblation, a minimally invasive procedure, involves the use of radiofrequency energy to reduce the size of the tongue. By targeting specific tissues at the back of the tongue, surgeons can achieve significant reduction without compromising essential functions such as swallowing and speech. This innovative technique offers a shorter recovery time compared to traditional surgical methods, making it an attractive option for patients seeking relief from sleep-disordered breathing.

What Are the Success Rates for Tongue Reduction

Both surgeries have demonstrated positive outcomes in clinical studies, with patients experiencing significant improvements in sleep quality and daytime functioning. According to the American Dental Association, these procedures offer a promising solution for individuals struggling with sleep apnea who have not found relief from conservative treatments such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy.

Benefits of Tongue Reduction for Sleep Apnea Patients

Enhanced Sleep Quality: By enlarging the airway and mitigating blockages attributed to the tongue base, this surgical procedure fosters deeper, more rejuvenating sleep experiences. Reduced interruptions caused by apnea events characterize these experiences.

Reduced Snoring: The widening of the air passage can markedly diminish or eradicate snoring altogether. This positive outcome enhances the quality of sleep for the individual undergoing the procedure and benefits their sleep partner.

If you or a loved one is struggling with sleep-disordered breathing, consult with our oral surgeon to determine the most suitable treatment options. Take the first step toward better sleep and improved health today.

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