AIRLIFT is designed to open and stabilize upper airway obstruction through surgery. This treatment is less invasive than traditional sleep surgeries, leading to faster recovery and minimal downtime. The procedure does not require any cutting of the jawbone or tissue removal from the base of the tongue, which is common during other sleep surgery methods.


AIRLIFT uses a combination of sutures and suture anchors designed to help patients with sleep apnea. These lift and suspend the hyoid bone (found at the root of the tongue) to create tension. This tension keeps the airways open and flowing while you’re asleep. 

The procedure requires an incision beneath the jaw and the insertion of two implants. The first implant is inserted beneath the chin, and the second behind the chin. The surgeon will then move them into their final place to bring the hyoid bone closer to the jawbone. Should the implants need to be adjusted, your provider can re-position them.

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Benefits of AIRLIFT

  • Long-lasting results 
  • Minimal downtime and discomfort 
  • An immediate improvement of sleep
  • Reduction of snoring and other sleep apnea symptoms
  • Relief without machines, masks, or hoses


SFENTA is South Florida’s premier destination for ENT care and state-of-the-art treatment. For over 30 years, we’ve been providing patients with comprehensive care personalized to their unique symptoms. Our goal is to provide each patient with:

Patient-Centered Care

Our providers take the time to listen to your concerns, ensuring that every ENT need you have receives the attention it deserves.

Continuity of Care

Our physicians believe in finding long-term care solutions that address each of the symptoms that are impacting your life.

A Network of Highly Trained Physicians

We’ve built a provider network staffed with professionals from all corners of ENT care. This ensures you’re always seeing a provider who is experienced in your area of concern.

The Security of a Community Staple

SFENTA has become part of the South Florida community, so you can always rest assured that we’ll be there for you.

Your AIRLIFT Experience

At SFENTA, our surgical specialists will be with you every step of the way during your AIRLIFT procedure. The first step will be an evaluation to ensure you are a candidate for the surgery. If the provider feels that surgery is the best treatment method, the surgery will be scheduled at our surgery center. During the surgery, general anesthesia is used, and an incision is made at the jaw to insert the two implants.

Next, the surgeon will move them into place beneath and behind the chin. After this, you can begin your recovery and should immediately notice the difference while asleep. The recovery process may include some discomfort that lasts for a few days. During this time, you should rest and refrain from certain activities. This will be discussed during your consultation. 


When will I notice the results of the procedure?

Results will be noticeable right after the procedure. Most patients find sleeping and breathing to be easier immediately following surgery.

Can the device be re-positioned or removed?

Yes. If you need the device re-positioned, our providers can assist you. If for some reason you are unhappy with the device, it can also be removed.

Why should I choose SFENTA?

SFENTA is one of South Florida’s largest and most experienced providers of ENT care. We offer patients the latest treatment methods performed by a network of providers who have years of experience. Our staff are passionate about helping patients, and have been doing so for over 30 years.

Does SFENTA accept insurance?

Yes. Contact our office for more information on insurance coverage.

With 37 convenient locations across the South Florida area, we’re never far away.

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