It is estimated that as many as 18 million U.S adults suffer from sleep apnea, which is one of the most common sleep disorders in the world. Although there are several types of sleep apnea, by far the most common is obstructive sleep apnea or OSA for short. Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by a temporary pause in the regular pattern of breathing whilst you sleep. Breathing then naturally restarts. A patient with OSA can have a single episode of interrupted breathing in a night, or more than a hundred. Exactly how long the pause lasts for can also vary, but in most instances, it will last as long as ten seconds.
A frenectomy is a simple procedure to release a frenum. In the vast majority of frenectomies, the frenum that is released is the lingual frenum that connects the base of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This is a particularly common procedure in babies who may find it difficult or impossible to latch on and breastfeed because their frenulum restricts the movement of their tongue. Some people refer to this as being ‘tongue-tied’. However, frenectomy procedures can also be performed on the labial frenum if it is abnormally wide or long. This is because this issue will create a space between the two front teeth.