Sometimes known as corrective jaw surgery, orthognathic surgical procedures are often performed to correct problems in facial and jaw structure. Orthognathic surgery can also fix problems with sleep apnea, malocclusion, and cleft palate.
An orthognathic surgery is performed by a maxillofacial surgeon in collaboration with orthodontists and general dentists. Sometimes, surgery is needed as a preparation for orthodontic treatment in teens and children. Often, orthognathic surgery not only improves physical and structural issues, but also improves facial appearance.
During orthognathic surgery, patients are sedated to keep them comfortable. Due to this sedation, it is recommended that you take sufficient time following your procedure to rest and allow the effects of the sedative to wear off. Side effects may include altered perception of time or a lack of memories of your procedure.
Dr. Jepsen and I will confer with you before orthognathic surgery to answer any questions and resolve any concerns you may have. We will go out their way to address any fears you may harbor. Our staff will treat you like a family member and see to any needs you may have.
A mis-aligned jaw is not an easy thing to live with. It can cause difficulties chewing, ruin your teeth, not to mention the embarrassment it can cause. If you need corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Jepsen and I are the experts in Southeast Idaho.
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