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Surgical Mini-Lectures and Clinics

Friday, September 16, 2011
3:30PM - 5:30PM


(C) 201C


Surgical Management of Upper Airway Obstruction and Sleep Apnea

Larry M. Wolford, DMD
Clinical Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Baylor College of Dentistry
Dallas, TX


Upper airway obstruction(s) are the etiology of most sleep apnea conditions and can occur from the nostrils to the larynx. There are 10 areas of potential obstruction that can be surgically managed. This presentation will discuss the diagnoses and surgical management of these areas to eliminate upper airway obstruction(s).

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. The clinician will learn the physiological anatomy and the ten areas of potential upper airway obstruction, as well as the diagnostic methodology for identification.
  2. Demonstrate the surgical procedures that can be used to correct upper airway obstruction in any of the ten locations.
  3. Through case presentations and long term research data, the clinician will learn which surgical precedures have the best long term outcomes and predictability for correcting sleep apnea.

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