Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous interruption of breathing during sleep. The most common form, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is where the soft tissue at the back of the throat closes, blocking your airway.
Metro Health’s Ear, Nose and Throat specialists are well-qualified to treat sleep apnea or heavy snoring with several treatment options available. In collaboration with our Sleep Medicine and Heart & Vascular teams, additional groundbreaking treatments are available for qualifying patients.
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens the tissue in the throat and palate to expand the passageways
- Thermal Ablation Palatoplasty is a variety of procedures used to treat snoring and sleep apnea. Some include laser treatment to remove the obstruction, while radio frequency ablation is used to shrink the excess tissue
- Genioglossus and Hyoid Advancement – this procedure opens the lower throat and pulls the tongue muscles forward
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is when the patient wears a pressurized mask over his or her nose while sleeping. The mask pumps air through the airway to keep it open
- Septoplasty and Turbinate Surgery reduces resistance to air flow through the nose
Metro Health’s Sleep Medicine and Heart & Vascular teams have pioneered the use of implantable therapies for sleep apnea. These may be options for some patients.
With minimally invasive procedures, small devices are implanted to trigger the diaphragm to promote regular breathing or prevent the patient’s airway from collapsing during sleep.