Surgical Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea


Friday, October 29
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. CT
Surgical Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Joseph Israel Helman, DMD
Case Western Reserve University

Surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea was originally implemented based on empirical perceptions of potential success. Outcome assessment of several procedures have shown suboptimal results while consistent high cure was achieved after bi-maxillary advancement surgery. An evidence-based algorithm was developed according to the Body Mass Index and the severity of the Apnea-Hypopnea Index in order to maximize therapeutic gains and improve quality of life.

At the conclusion of this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Recognize the different surgical procedures to treat obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Identify the principles of bi-maxillary advancement surgery.
  • Summarize the algorithm for selection of surgical treatment.

Biography: Dr. Helman is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He obtained his DMD at the University Nacional de Rosario in Argentina, his Residency at Rambam Medical Center - Technion University in Haifa, Israel and his Fogarty Fellowship at NIDCR, NIH. He served in the past as Professor and Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Michigan and is presently Professor at Case Western Reserve University. He maintains active membership in and has received several awards from dental organizations.