Before jaw distraction Neonatal jaw (mandibular) distraction is used to treat tongue-based obstructive sleep apnea for infants with a small jaw (micrognathia).

The goal of distraction is to increase the size of the lower jaw, moving the oral soft tissues and the tongue forward off the airway. This helps resolve obstructive sleep apnea and potentially avoid tracheostomy.

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.