Glossary of Sleep-related terms

Hyoid Suspension

Surgical procedure sometimes used in the treatment of sleep apnea or snoring. It is designed to improve the airway behind the base of the tongue. The hyoid bone is located in the neck where some tongue muscles attach. If the hyoid bone containing these muscles is pulled forward in front of the voice box, it can open the airway space behind the tongue. This is performed under local intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, and requires a one or two day hospital stay.1