Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. This can lead to a number of health problems, including daytime fatigue, high blood pressure and heart disease, which can have a significant impact on your health and quality of life. Jaw surgery can be an effective treatment for sleep apnea. With a wealth of expertise and a commitment to improving patients’ well-being, Dr. Coceancig is a leading authority in offering this procedure.

Sleep apnea surgery can enlarge the airway and reduce the risk of collapse during sleep, which can significantly help to improve sleep quality and overall health.

Dr. Paul Coceancig is a pioneer in performing jaw surgery for sleep apnea. He has developed a comprehensive treatment approach called the IMDO™ protocol. The IMDO™ protocol is designed to address the underlying causes of sleep apnea in adolescents and young adults. 

IMDO™ surgery is also relatively safe and can be covered by medical insurance. If you are considering jaw surgery for sleep apnea, Dr. Coceancig can help you determine if this is the right treatment for you.

Sleep is essential for good health

Sleep allows your body and mind to recharge so you can continue to operate at your very best. Sleep-related breathing disorders, particularly sleep apnea, can impact your sleep and quality of life. 

The Problem

When your body enters deep sleep, the airway muscles relax causing the tongue to collapse and obstruct the airway. Breathing can stop entirely from seconds to minutes up to 30 times an hour or more.

It can be frightening for a parent or partner to witness the nightly starting and stopping of breathing in their loved one.

Sleep apnea affects the body’s ability to rejuvenate in preparation for the day ahead, leaving you feeling lethargic when you wake up. The hallmark signs of sleep deprivation are daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and hyperactivity.

The Solution

We are leaders in offering a potential surgical cure to sleep apnea – through a range of jaw surgery options, including IMDO™ and Custom BiMax.


Dr Paul offers a comprehensive orthodontic and surgical-based solution for sleep apnea – called the “IMDO™ protocol”.

Small jaws and a collapsing airway are a major cause of sleep apnea in teenagers – and can be rationally assessed and potentially treated using the  IMDO™ system Dr Paul helped develop.

IMDO™ surgery is accessible, may be medical-insurance funded and a potential permanent cure to snoring and sleep apnea in adolescents and young adults.

Treatment options

There are a variety of treatments to manage the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). These include CPAP Machines, mouth splints as well as soft tissue and nasal-based (ENT) surgeries.

If you are seeking a permanent cure for OSA, you need to address the primary cause of sleep apnea – which is almost always a small jaw and the disproportionate facial structures that a small jaw causes.

Corrective jaw surgery is scientifically proven and research-backed. It is a well documented means of correcting sleep apnea. World wide, thousands of people have been successfully treated with corrective jaw surgery, and who are now experiencing a life free of sleep apnea. 

Australia is a leading nation supporting corrective jaw surgery as a cure for OSA.

Whilst  IMDO™ is not normally available to adult patients, other forms of corrective jaw surgery are still available for adults – in the form of custom-titanium solutions through remedial BiMax (also referred to as Double Jaw Surgery or DJS).