For some patients the site of obstruction that may cause blockage as well as snoring at night may be the area behind the nose and upper throat. In the past, this area was only addressed through a major procedure called a maxillary advancement operation, which moves the whole upper jaw forward requiring major recovery, change in appearance, and discomfort. Dr. Pasha offers a new procedure that requires only an overnight stay and a much easier recovery. This procedure is called a Transpalatal Advancement Procedure.
Transpalatal Advancement Procedures create room in the upper portion of the back of the throat creating a more open airway to reduce snoring and apneas. The procedure removes a small portion of the back end of the hard palate (the hard palate is the hard part of the roof of your mouth). The soft palate is then advanced forward and slinged to raise and pull forward the back of the throat. This procedure is done while you are asleep in the operating room. Access is through the mouth without any outside scars. Your appearance does not change and no one should realize you had the operation aside for you not snoring.
Recovery is much easier than traditional advancement approaches and you may return to a normal diet much quicker. This procedure will be considered in certain patients after a comprehensive exam performed by Dr. Pasha.