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Greenfield Periodontist | IN |

Greenfield Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

Julie L. Combs DDS MS

Practice limited to Periodontics - Dental Implants – Diseases of the Gum

120 W. McKenzie Road, Suite J      Greenfield, IN  46140

Phone:  317-477-3000      Fax:  317-477-3002

Email:  hancockdds@hrtc.net

Sleep Apnea
 

Using oral surgery to help sleep apnea seeks to remove the excess tissue in the throat that is vibrating and blocking the upper air passages. One surgical procedure is an Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). This procedure involves removing the excess tissue from the upper mouth and throat. This procedure in performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. Maxillomandibular advancement is another type of procedure used to assist with sleep apnea. This procedure involves the upper and lower part of the jaw. In this procedure, the jaw is moved forward from the rest of the facial bones. This allows more room behind the soft palate, thereby reducing the obstruction. Finally a Tracheostomy is a last ditch effort when other treatments have failed. This involves the surgeon inserting a tube in your throat so you can breathe. It is covered during the day, but opens at night while you sleep. All of the aforementioned surgeries are routine and very safe.

 
 
Greenfield Periodontist. Dr. Julie Combs is a well-trained Greenfield Periodontist providing excellent and caring periodontal care.