Neonatal jaw (mandibular) distraction is used to treat obstructive sleep apnea for infants with micrognathia and Pierre Robin sequence. The goal of distraction is to increase the size of the lower jaw and surrounding tissues and pull the tongue forward and off the oral airway. This helps resolve obstructive sleep apnea and feeding difficulties.
Infants are put to sleep for the procedure and then monitored in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). They may require narcotics for a few days and then are routinely treated with acetaminophen or ibuprofen.