Sleep Conditions & Treatment
Sleep Apnea Treatment
sleep apnea stop breathing while they sleep, sometimes hundreds of times per night,
and sometimes for a minute or longer. Sleep apnea affects about 18 million
people of all ages in the U.S. and takes three forms: obstructive, central
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical disorder seen primarily in men. Unfortunately, this
is frequently overlooked as “normal” snoring. This condition
occurs when obstructions in the nose and throat block the ability to breathe.
Hyoid suspension is performed for patients with obstructive sleep apnea, and it is performed
in the operating room under general anesthesia. The hyoid bone is a U-shaped
bone in the neck located above the level of the thyroid cartilage (Adam’s
apple) that has attachments to muscles of the tongue as well as other
muscles and soft tissues around the throat. The hyoid bone is free to
move around rather than firmly anchored in position, and this mobility
may allow this area to collapse and cause airway blockage during sleep
more easily. This procedure secures the hyoid bone to the mandible and
helps to stabilize this region of the airway.
Lateral pharyngoplasty is performed under general anesthesia in the operating room to treat obstructive
sleep apnea. The goal of the procedure is to increase the size of the
airway without affecting normal functions such as breathing, speaking,
and swallowing. Lateral pharyngoplasty appears to offer advantages for
some patients with obstructive sleep apnea compared to traditional palate
Turbinate Reduction Surgery
Turbinate reduction surgery is performed to correct nasal obstruction by reducing the turbinate size
while preserving the natural function of the turbinates. The goal is to
improve nasal breathing and reduce nasal drainage and post-nasal drip.
Since turbinate reduction surgery is performed to correct nasal obstruction
and improve breathing, it can improve the patient’s quality of life
by decreasing headaches, snoring and sleep apnea.