Treating Airway Problems That Cause Disrupted Sleep
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which breathing stops many times during sleep. This may be caused by an obstruction in the airway. Many patients with sleep apnea can be treated successfully with a CPAP machine, which keeps the airway open during sleep. However, some patients have better results with other types of treatment, such as dental appliances or even surgery.
Dr. Joshua Hentzelman is an otolaryngologist who works with the team of specialists in the SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center. When a sleep apnea patient struggles with initial treatment options, Dr. Hentzelman may consult with the sleep center team to find a more effective solution. If surgery is the best option, no additional referrals are necessary. Dr. Hentzelman is skilled in performing upper airway surgeries for conditions that contribute to sleep apnea.
Surgeries to Treat Sleep Apnea May Include:
- Nasal surgery
- Surgery on the throat
- Tongue base surgery
- Nerve stimulation
For more information or to schedule a sleep evaluation or referral, call the SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center at 314-977-5337.