Sleep Apnea and Compromised Airways can occur due to a variety of abnormal conditions such as Pierre Robin syndrome, a disorder characterized by a small lower jaw, cleft palate and poor oxygenation. The cause of a compromised airway can be determined by careful examination and xray studies. Additionally, a sleep study is often utilized to determine the severity of the airway problem.
Causes of sleep apnea and compromised airways include:
- Choanal stenosis
- Enlarged tonsils and adenoids
- Enlarged tongue and small chin
- Underdeveloped upper jaw (maxilla)
- Underdeveloped lower jaw (mandible)
- Collapse of the larynx or trachea
Specialists at Children’s Hospital of San Diego include pediatric craniofacial plastic surgeons, head & neck surgeons, pulmonary doctors, radiologists, and sleep lab technicians. As members of this pediatric team, the FACES+ surgeons are able to correct compromised airways in children such as those with Pierre Robin syndrome and other conditions with small jaws or skeletal deformities, maximize a child’s breathing, improve speech and feeding functions, in addition to improving overall appearance.
DR. COHEN RESTORED MY CONFIDENCE AND HEALTH FROM AN EARLIER HORRENDOUS PLASTIC SURGERY EXPERIENCE PERFORMED BY ANOTHER DOCTOR. DR. COHEN GAVE ME BACK MY CONFIDENCE, TRUST, AND SATISFACTION WITH A NEW STANDARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY CARE.