Where Can I Find the Best Sleep Apnea treatment in NYC?
In most cases, snoring is more than just an annoyance. It’s actually your body’s way of telling you something’s wrong, and that your sleep cycle is not as efficient as it should be. Snoring is one of the key indicators of a serious medical condition called sleep apnea.
In this blog, board certified otolaryngologist Dr. David O. Volpi will discuss where you can find the best sleep apnea treatment in NYC.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by breathing that repeatedly stops and starts. Along with disrupting sleep, untreated sleep apnea has serious medical consequences. If your snoring is so loud that it disrupts you or your partner and you feel sleepy, even after a full night’s sleep, you may have sleep apnea.
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea: This is the most common form of sleep apnea and affects around 4% of American men and 2% of American women. Unfortunately, obstructive sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Obstructive sleep apnea is the result of a partial or complete airway blockage during sleep. While sleeping, sufferer’s throat muscles relax, causing the tongue or fatty throat tissue to collapse into the airway, blocking airflow.
- Central Sleep Apnea: This form of sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Central sleep apnea is far less common than obstructive sleep apnea.
- Complex sleep apnea: This type of sleep apnea is characterized by a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea symptoms. Often, this form is discovered in a lab setting after traditional sleep apnea treatment begins.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of both obstructive and central sleep apnea include:
- Sleepiness, even after a full night’s sleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Waking with a dry mouth or a sore throat
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- A gasping or choking sensation during sleep
Many sleep apnea sufferers are not aware of their condition. Because so many symptoms occur during the daylight hours, not everyone attributes them to sleep. Often, those with sleep apnea have bed partners who are disturbed by loud snoring or choking sounds.
What are the Best Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea?
Fortunately, there are many different treatment options available to those who suffer from sleep apnea. Depending on your individual case, you may be a candidate for oral appliance therapy, mandibular repositioning and tongue-retaining devices, specialized nasal sprays or surgery. Generally, patients and their physicians opt for conservative treatment techniques, however, surgery may be required to effectively treat the condition.
Some of the most effective treatment options include:
- CPAP Therapy: This non-invasive treatment is typically prescribed as the first method of therapy to treat airway obstruction. It includes the use of a special machine that blows pressurized air gently into the airway during sleep to keep it open.
- Oral Appliances: These devices fit much like sports mouth guards or orthodontic retainers and are used during sleep to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissue in the back of the throat.
- Balloon Sinuplasty: This minimally invasive procedure opens up blocked sinuses, relieving the pain and pressure of chronic sinusitis and helping relieving sleep apnea symptoms.
- Palate Coblation: This procedure is performed during a single office visit, under local anesthesia. Radio frequency energy is used to stiffen the soft palate to reduce vibrations and the intensity of snoring.
- Pillar Procedure: This treatment procedure involves the insertion of small implants to stiffen the soft palate and reduce snoring intensity.
- Coblation Turbinate Reduction: This procedure reduces the size of your nasal turbinates, utilizing radio frequency energy.
- Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty: Utilizing laser technology, this procedure shrinks an enlarged uvula and works well for mild to moderate sleep apnea.
- Laser-Assisted Tonsil Ablation: For sleep apnea sufferers with enlarged tonsils, this procedure decreases their size, utilizing lasers.
- Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: This outpatient procedure removes small amounts of the bone or tissue that blocks nasal passages which treats sinus-related snoring and sleep apnea.
- Septoplasty: This procedure corrects a deviated septum, providing relief for some from sleep apnea symptoms.
- Tonsillectomy: A tonsillectomy frees the airways by removing enlarged tonsils.
Where Can I Find the Best Sleep Apnea Treatment in NYC?
Dr. David O. Volpi is a board-certified otolaryngologist with over 25 years of targeted experience treating patients with sleep disorders. He will not only provide you with the comprehensive treatment of your symptoms, but will also customize your treatment plan so that it addresses the root cause of your symptoms. His sleep apnea treatment options are designed to ensure the best possible results.
To schedule your appointment, contact Dr. Volpi, a NYC ear, nose and throat specialist that will help you to get a better night’s sleep!
- Posted on: Aug 30 2016