Snoring can ruin a good night sleep for both the person that is snoring and the bed partner. This puts undue stress on relationships and it can be treated by a variety of means.
Sleep apnea occurs when there is decreased airflow due to upper airway collapse during sleep. This causes oxygen levels to decrease and a chronic stress on the cardiovascular system. Sleep apnea causes high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, kidney disease and mental impairment. The excessive daytime sleepiness may also lead to car accidents or occupational accidents due to falling asleep at inappropriate times.
Home sleep studies make the diagnosis of sleep apnea much more convenient and affordable than spending the night in a sleep laboratory, away from the comfort of your own bed. It provides a more realistic picture of how you are actually sleeping in your own environment. Patients check out the device from our office in the afternoon and take it home. It is worn on the wrist and has two probes on the fingers to measure oxygen and blood pressure. It is activated when you lie down to sleep and records information all night. You bring it in to the office the next day and the data is collected and interpreted at the time of your follow-up consultation that day.
Insurance covers home sleep studies in most situations. Deductibles or co-payments may apply as a specific plan dictates. Home sleep studies are considerably cheaper than laboratory based studies. They are also more representative of your actual sleep patterns. Our cash price for patients without insurance coverage is $250.
RF treatment is a minimally-invasive procedure that is done in the office with local anesthesia. The soft palate and/or base of tongue is treated to reduce soft tissue volume and create more room to breathe.
An oral appliance is a device that is worn in the mouth, similar to a dental retainer, that causes slight protrusion of the lower jaw. The device is worn at night during sleep to prevent the soft tissues of the tongue base from falling back and causing snoring and sleep apnea.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. It refers to a medical device that is worn over the nose or mouth and connected with tubing to a small machine. The machine delivers a certain amount of positive air pressure to assist breathing during sleep.
It reverses the ill-effects of obstructive sleep apnea immediately when worn appropriately.
Chronic nasal congestion makes snoring and sleep apnea worse. Therefore it is important to correctly diagnose and treat any of the potential causes of obstructed nasal breathing. This may include allergies, sinusitis, deviated septum, nasal polyps, or nasal valve collapse.
Enlarged tonsils and adenoids contribute to snoring and sleep apnea--especially for children. Removal of tonsils and adenoids is one of the most common surgeries performed in kids and it is very effective at relieving snoring and sleep apnea.
Surgery on the palate, uvula, and tongue base may be a good option for those who do not tolerate other treatment modalities. Our surgeons will carefully assess which procedures have the highest success rate for each individual patient.