There are multiple causes of sleep apnea including tonsil enlargement, nasal blockage, cysts or tumors in the throat, and obesity. Sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and other cardiopulmonary problems. It has also been shown to increase chances of an automobile accident through a decreased reaction time.
We have the expertise to diagnose these conditions and recommend the right treatments. Treatment may involve nasal CPAP, life style modifications, and surgical procedures. One effective surgical procedure we offer is the Pillar Procedure. This involves implanting material in the palate to stiffen it, which decreases the vibration that often causes snoring.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people snore. Snoring occurs when the muscles of the palate and uvula relax during sleep. The result is physical obstruction to normal breathing. Snoring is not only socially disruptive to family life - causing other family members sleepless nights and making the snorer the object of ridicule â€“ but it can also be hazardous to one's health in the long run.