Several of our doctors have sought additional training in Sleep Medicine and are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. A thorough head and neck examination, often including visualization and/or endoscopy of the upper airway, it an important first step in determining the cause and location of the breathing disturbance. This can be found in many locations including the nose, nasopharynx (back of the nose, adenoid), palate, throat, tonsils, tongue, or larynx (vocal cords). It is essential to know where the problem arises from in order to properly treat it.
If Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is suspected, a Sleep Study may be necessary to diagnose it and assess the severity. Traditionally, this is done by spending the night sleeping in a lab where various elements of sleep (snoring, breathing, position, restlessness, stages of sleep, etc.) are monitored. New technology is allowing us to obtain this information with a device that can be worn while sleeping AT HOME.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), if untreated, can be very harmful. The “gold standard” treatment is CPAP – continuous positive airway pressure – which is a masked device that uses air pressure to hold the airway open and facilitate breathing. We can work with your insurance to set up CPAP if this is the appropriate therapy.
Snoring or noisy breathing may be present during sleep but does not necessarily mean someone has OSA. Less severe or less invasive treatments may be appropriate.
In many cases, there are adjunct treatments or surgical alternatives to CPAP we can offer, including nasal surgery (such as septoplasty), tonsillectomy, Uvulopalatoplastypharyngoplasty (UPPP), Pillar Procedure, LAUP, and others depending on the location of the obstruction.
The PILLAR PROCEDURE is a surgical technique to reduce snoring. It may also have some benefit in treating mild sleep apnea.