Sleep Apnea Program

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can help many people with sleep apnea, but it may not work for everyone. Our experienced multidisciplinary sleep apnea team can help you sleep better when CPAP can't. Cedars-Sinai's expert surgeons offer sophisticated procedures to relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Our Approach to Sleep Apnea Surgery

  • Team approach: Our experts bring skills and expertise from many disciplines. Together, we offer comprehensive, customized treatment for sleep apnea. Our team members include:
    • Otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists)
    • Sleep medicine specialists
    • Pulmonologists (lung specialists)
    • Oral surgeons
    • Neurosurgeons
    • Dentists
    • Surgical and medical weight loss specialists
  • Leaders in quality: Quality matters. Our team is dedicated to your health and safety, and at Cedars-Sinai, you can expect quality-assured medicine and procedures. We attend to details at every stage of your experience, from diagnosis through recovery.

  • Experts in CPAP alternatives: Our team offers seminars on the most advanced treatments for people unable to find relief with CPAP machines. We share information on the emerging new techniques and lessons we've learned along the way.

When Should You Get Sleep Apnea Surgery?

If you've tried nonsurgical treatment for sleep apnea, like a BiPAP or CPAP machine, for several months without improvement, surgery may help. You may be a candidate for sleep apnea surgery if you experience: 

Structural problems that affect breathing

  • Large tonsils, tongue and uvula (the flap at the back of your throat)
  • Small jaw
  • Nasal obstruction, such as enlarged adenoids or a deviated septum
  • Certain positions, such as sleeping on your back
  • Excess weight or obesity

Irregular sleep and health patterns

  • Large tonsils, tongue and uvula (the flap at the back of your throat)
  • Small jaw
  • Nasal obstruction, such as enlarged adenoids or a deviated septum
  • Certain positions, such as sleeping on your back
  • Excess weight or obesity

Sleep Apnea Surgery at Cedars-Sinai

If you have sleep apnea but haven't found relief with nonsurgical options, surgery can help. Our surgeons are trained in leading-edge techniques that we customize to meet your needs. We work with partners across many disciplines to determine the best course of treatment for sleep apnea

Hypoglossal nerve stimulation

During this innovative procedure, our experts implant a device about the size of a pacemaker that helps you breathe during sleep. The device uses sensors and a generator to stimulate the nerve that controls the tongue (hypoglossal nerve). When stimulated, the hypoglossal nerve pushes the tongue forward, opening the airway and helping you breathe.

Robotic tongue surgery

Cedars-Sinai offers advanced robotic surgery to remove excess tissue at the base of the tongue that can cause sleep apnea. With unparalleled precision, our team uses 3D visualization to navigate and treat the inside of the mouth and throat. Robotic surgery can mean less blood loss, pain, scarring, infection risk and recovery time. 

Nasal surgery

When sleep apnea results from nasal obstruction, our team performs procedures to remove the blockage. Our experts may reshape the nostrils, repair a deviated septum or take out obstructive tissue at the back of the throat. We work with you to determine which procedure may best serve your needs and whether additional surgery may provide comprehensive treatment.

Weight loss surgery

Excess weight is a common cause of sleep apnea, and our team can help. If you are overweight and have had difficulty with weight loss, reach out to our medical and surgical weight loss experts. With a supervised diet, exercise and, in some cases, weight loss surgery, you may experience a permanent reversal of sleep apnea.  

Maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) surgery

Our experts perform surgery to reposition the upper and lower jaw to allow more air into your airway. Even if you don't have a small or misaligned jaw, MMA can be an option to remove obstructive soft tissue. You may notice some differences in your facial appearance after surgery.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) 

Like nasal surgery, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty involves minimally invasive techniques to remove excess tissue that blocks the airway during sleep. Our experienced surgeons perform UPPP to expand the airway in your throat and soft palate. We remove excess tissue and tonsils and place sutures to help keep the airway open. UPPP is the most common surgical procedure to treat sleep apnea and has a long track record of success. 


We use radiofrequency heat energy to remove tissue from the roof of the mouth and back of the throat. By applying heat to the soft tissues there, we create small burn areas that the body absorbs, shrinking or tightening the area. By firming tissues in the soft palate and uvula, somnoplasty helps reduce snoring.

For years, if you asked Robert Rose how he was feeling, the answer was probably "exhausted." He learned why he was so tired when he was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder that causes breathing to repeatedly stop and disrupt sleep many times per hour.

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