Facial Asymmetry and Sleep Apnea | Are They Related?
Updated: Jun 1
Facial asymmetry is a common condition that can have a significant impact on a person's overall appearance and self-esteem. And, facial asymmetry may be linked to airway problems. Let's explore the possible correlation between facial asymmetry and the airway in order to better understand the connection.
Facial asymmetry can be caused by a variety of factors such as congenital defects, injury, or disease. While the aesthetic implications of facial asymmetry are well known, clinical observation show time and again that asymmetry can often lead to breathing trouble and sleep apnea.
Many patients with facial asymmetry experience myofunctional issues, troubles with speech, and/or not having enough room for the tongue also causing snoring or trouble breathing. Furthermore, it was discovered that certain types of facial asymmetry, such as a deviated septum or a misaligned jaw, are also likely to be associated with airway issues.
What can be done?
At Alfi Oral Surgery we examine many patients' airways and facial structures, as well as a review of their medical history and sleep study results. Both facial asymmetry and sleep apnea can be treated with double jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery. Candidates would be individuals with asymmetry that affects the jaw and teeth. The procedure involves moving the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both jaws to improve the alignment and balance of the facial structures, as well as optimizing the airway.