Response Provided by Dr. Kasey Li
July 5, 2008
Maxillomandibular Advancements is a procedure that extends both the upper and lower jaws in the forward direction. It is a highly successful operation in enlarging the airway.
Maxillomandibular Expansion is a procedure that uses distracters to widen the upper and lower jaws. This operation is only done in younger patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. I am very selective in offering this operation to patients as only patients with very narrowed jaws are candidates.
The airway improvement is not as good as maxillomandibular advancement.
Kasey Li, MD