Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Del Rey ENT Associates, a leading healthcare provider offering a full range of otolaryngological services, has introduced a new program for snoring and sleep apnea treatment options using the advanced, robotic da Vinci Surgical System.
Snoring is the noisy breathing during sleep and is very commonplace and affects all ages and both genders. While you sleep, the muscles of your throat relax and your tongue falls backward thereby making your throat narrow and floppy. Breathing causes the throat to gently vibrate leading to the characteristic sound of snoring. The narrower your airways become the louder the vibration / snoring. In some cases, the walls of the throat collapse completely so that it is completely obstructed. This obstruction creates the condition called apnea. It’s extremely important for patients to treat sleep apnea in order to avoid potentially serious health complications. Treatment for sleep apnea will depend on each patient’s specific condition, which we determine through precise diagnosis.
Chronic, heavy snoring should always be evaluated to determine if the snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. But, even if snoring is not indicative of apnea, many patients want to eliminate snoring so that they and their partners can get a better night’s sleep.
Our office offers several different options for treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. First, a full examination is done to evaluate for any signs of upper airway obstruction which can contribute to sleep disturbance. Our precision, in-office CT scanner creates an exact map of your head and neck so that our doctors can determine the exact cause and location of any obstructions. Nasal obstructions can result from either septal deviation (“deviated septum”) or hypertrophy (enlargement) of the nasal turbinates. A floppy soft palate can also contribute to snoring. Our physicians employ in-office, minimally invasive treatments for both. For more serious cases, we also offer the most advanced robotic surgical techniques. Del Rey ENT Associates is one of few centers in the country offering this level of expertise to surgically treat sleep apnea.