JOMS study: Jaw surgery improves quality of life in obstructive sleep apnea patients

ROSEMONT, Ill., Jan. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --A Surgery that moves the jaws forward can result in significant improvements in long-term quality of life a?? including functional outcomes and sleep quality a?? in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a new study.Researchers analyzed long-term quality of life factors in patients who underwent jaw surgery a?? known as maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) a?? which helps open the airway to treat severe OSA, according to the study in the January issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the official journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).During OSA, airway muscles, large tonsils, the tongue or excess tissue blocks the airway a?? leading to breathing stopping and starting during sleep. The condition can result in excessive daytime sleepiness, lower quality of life and impaired cognitive function that affects daily activities.The study's 27 patients underwent follow-up examination for at least five years and at an average of nearly 13 years. They answered a questionnaire that asked about sleep quality, daytime function as well as physical, mental, emotional and sexual health.Among the results, 88 percent of patients said they snored less, 82 percent said their sleep quality improved and 77 percent said they experienced less difficulty remaining awake during the day. Patients also expressed contentment with the surgery: 76 percent were satisfied MMA managed their OSA, 71 percent would undergo MMA again to treat their OSA and 65 percent said they would recommend MMA to other OSA patients.
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