Ask Dr. Park: Any Question About Surgery for Sleep Apnea

In this Ask Dr. Park teleseminar, I answer your questions about surgical options for obstructive sleep apnea.


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7 thoughts on “Ask Dr. Park: Any Question About Surgery for Sleep Apnea

  1. Good morning Dr Park,

    I lost my sense of smell a few years ago. I don’t recall exactly when. It was only when people would mention a particular smell that I realised I had lost it. A couple of years ago I saw a specialist who arranged a scan because one of my nostrils seemed blocked. The scan revealed nothing nasty but the consultant said that if it continued bothering me, then he could do a small operation. He also said that there was only a tiny percentage of the nose that produced the smell. My husband tells me that sometimes I appear to stop breathing when I am asleep and that I also snore. I have now reached the stage where I do worry that this condition could be dangerous, i.e. gas leaks, burning the toast etc. If I had an operation, I presume there would be no guarantee that I would regain my sense of smell? Your comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Viv Critchell UK

  2. I have a overbite, malocclusion and TMJ pain. I have AHI index of 9.7 and RDI index of 29.1 (when RERAs are added). So I have significant UARS. I use CPAP but I get up routinely after 5.5 hrs of sleep. My sleep study shows that I have REM fragmentation even with CPAP. I am wondering whether I would benefit by doing surgical correction of my jaws and it will take care of all the problems in one stroke.

  3. Anything that can increase the space within your jaws should help. But if you’re going to undergo jaw surgery, you have to make sure that it’s done correctly.

  4. Viv,

    Smell loss and nasal congestion can frequently overlap, but it’s difficulty to say that opening up your nose with surgery will help your smell loss. Either way, it’s always a good thing to be able to breathe better through your nose. Good luck.

  5. My son is 20 years old and suffers from severe sleep apnea. It is to the point where he can no longer attend college without missing many classes. He has been dealing with this since he was 16. When a titration was done they said that his breaking issues were severe. My son is a candidate for surgery for sleep apnea. The surgery where they break the palette to give more breathing room. They are also contemplating Rapid Maxillary Expansion. He was looked at by an ENT who felt his tonsils and adenoids were not that large but the orthodontist disagrees. What questions should we ask to determine the correct path to take. My son is leaning towards the Rapid Maxillary Expansion because it will allow him to remain in college. We are also concerned if there may be dangers with the surgery. Thanks so much

  6. Hi. Dr. Park, I saw you about a week ago for my Flimsy nostrils and alar / valve insufficiency, and I was curious…. How safe are the BreathewithEEZ’s to use. Should you take them out at night and substitute them with breathe-right to switch up inside / outside breathing, or can you leave them in 24/7 given that you wash them and re-insert them before going to bed.
    Thank you as always,

  7. Afshin,

    There are no standard recommendations for how long you can use these devices. It’s ultimately up to the patient. You just have to use common sense. Keeping it clean is a good idea, and sometimes people do rotate to other devices. Ultimately, if you don’t wish to rely on these devices, surgery is always an option. Good luck.