Treatment Options for Snoring & Sleep Apnea at the New York Sleep Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center

Snoring And Sleep Apnea Treatment
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NYC Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatments

If you’re not getting the rest you need, Dr. Shin may be able to help.  Whether you’re bothered by disruptive and embarrassing snoring, or you’re suffering from the more serious condition of obstructive sleep apnea, there are a variety of treatment options that can help your body get the healthy rest it needs. 

Sleep Apnea Treatments

There are a variety of ways to treat obstructive sleep apnea, including lifestyle changes, mechanical devices, and in certain cases, surgery.  Treatment will depend on many factors, including the severity of your apnea, the physical structure of your airway, and other lifestyle and medical issues.  Dr. Shin will meet with you to evaluate your condition, and together, you will decide on a treatment option that will work best for you. 

Can losing weight help treat sleep apnea?

Studies show that obesity can contribute to obstructive sleep apnea for many patients.  Losing weight may reduce or even eliminate apnea episodes for some patients, particularly overweight patients with mild sleep apnea.  At New York Sleep, Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center, we understand that losing weight can be difficult, especially if you are suffering from the sleep deprivation effects of sleep apnea.  That’s why we have a nutritionist on staff who can help you design and stick to a healthy eating program.  Depending on your specific apnea conditions, nutritional counseling may be used in conjunction with other treatments until your sleep apnea is under control.  Dr. Shin will discuss all the treatment options with you.

How can sleep apnea be treated with medical devices?

Medical devices, such as a dental appliance or a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, can help treat sleep apnea by keeping the airway open during sleep.  Special dental appliances may be able to reposition the jaw and tongue in order to keep the airway from collapsing in patients with mild to moderate apnea.  In most cases, though, Dr. Shin will recommend a CPAP device, which can help the vast majority of sleep apnea patients. 

How does a CPAP work?

CPAP is the most common treatment for sleep apnea today.  A CPAP is a device that provides continuous positive airway pressure through an appliance worn over a patient’s nose during sleep.  The machine gently forces air through the nasal passages, providing enough pressure to prevent the airway from collapsing during sleep.  The level of pressure is precisely calibrated for each patient, depending on the results of the sleep studies.  CPAP has been shown to be very effective in controlling sleep apnea in patients who regularly use the device. 

Can surgery help sleep apnea?

Surgery to improve the physical structure of the airway may be an option for certain patients with sleep apnea.  Unfortunately, surgery is successful only about 30% to 60% of the time.  Additionally, some patients will need multiple procedures, and most patients will experience prolonged and painful recovery.  For patients who may benefit from surgery, Dr. Shin may elect to perform an uvopalatopharyngoplasty, or UPPP.  During UPPP surgery, excess tissue from the tonsils, uvula, and soft palate is cut away in order to widen the airway and prevent future collapse.  Dr. Shin will discuss with you whether you are a good candidate for UPPP surgery. 

Snoring Treatments

If you are a chronic, heavy snorer, you should be evaluated by Dr. Shin to determine if the snoring is related to sleep apnea.  Treatments for sleep apnea differ from treatments for snoring.  If your snoring is not related to apnea, Dr. Shin offers a number of excellent treatment options that can help reduce or eliminate your snoring.  Treatment options include radiofrequency ablation, uvulectomy, palatal stiffening, or a combination of these treatments.

How can radiofrequency ablation and palatal stiffening treat snoring?

In many cases, snoring is caused by slackness of the soft tissue in the throat and palate.  Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat to shrink the tissue of the soft palate and can help firm up the palate to reduce the vibrations that result in snoring.  Dr. Shin uses radiofrequency equipment to create scar tissue in the palate, which stiffens the tissue and can relieve snoring. Radiofrequency ablation has been shown to be very effective in providing long-lasting relief from snoring for many patients.  Dr. Shin will discuss with you whether you are a candidate for radiofrequency ablation and will provide you with all the details about your procedure. 

How can uvulectomy help treat snoring?

The uvula is the small piece of tissue that can be seen hanging down in the back of your mouth.   An uvulectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the uvula in order to reduce vibrations in the throat that may cause snoring.  Dr. Shin will discuss with you whether you are a candidate for uvelectomy and will provide you with all the details about your procedure. 

How do I get more information about sleep apnea and snoring treatments?

Dr. Shin and his team will be happy to discuss sleep apnea and snoring treatments with you.  Please call 646.943.7985 to arrange for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online at our Manhattan Office.