Ear, Nose & Throat - Otolaryngology

ear, nose & throat - otolaryngology

Our Team

Medical Team Member Descriptions
 

Sleep Surgeon

  • Provides a comprehensive examination with endoscopy of the patient’s anatomy in order to determine the upper airway sites most likely involved in obstruction
  • Identifies and medically manages sources of upper airway inflammation that may contribute to sleep-disordered breathing including sinusitis/ allergy, nasal polyposis, adenotonsillar hypertrophy, laryngopharyngeal reflux, and smoking
  • Offers office-based and inpatient surgical services to patients with benign snoring without apnea, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), mild sleep apnea with identifiable anatomical obstruction, CPAP intolerance after adequate trial period (minimum 3 months for moderate or severe apnea), and nasal obstruction due to anatomical deformity resistant to medical therapy     
        

Medical Sleep Specialist

  • Consults on all new patients with sleep-disordered breathing and follow-up of both CPAP and postsurgical patients
  • Focuses on management of comorbidities, obesity, lung disease, sleep hygiene and medications that may affect sleep
  • Schedules and reads all sleep studies at an accredited sleep diagnostic laboratory
  • Schedules CPAP trials as indicated and prescribes CPAP to patients with moderate or severe apnea and to those with milder apnea or UARS who choose CPAP therapy
  • Monitors CPAP compliance over the course of several months and refers non-compliant patients to the sleep surgeon for evaluation
  • Cares for other sleep disorders including restless leg syndrome, insomnia, narcolepsy, enuresis and others
       

Maxillofacial Prosthodontist

The maxillofacial prosthodontist is available when sleep-disordered breathing results from dental and jaw-related abnormalities. A small lower jaw or large tongue can often be seen in patients with sleep disordered breathing. Patients with this condition who have mild or moderate sleep apnea often benefit from a custom-made oral appliance (“bite block”) that fits comfortably in the mouth and is worn during sleep. This moves the lower jaw forward and results in enlargement of the posterior breathing space.

 
 
 

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