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Sleep Disorders:

All you need to know

Sleep Disorders

  • What is sleep disorder?
  • Types of sleep disorder?
  • Treatment procedures?

The collective term of sleep disorder refers to conditions that affect sleep quality, duration or timing, and impact a person’s ability to properly function while they are awake. These disorders can contribute to other medical problems, and some may also be symptoms for underlying mental health issues.

Some of the common types of sleep disorders are sleep apnea and snoring.

What are the common treatments for sleep apnea?

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy treats obstructive sleep apnea by increasing air pressure in the throat, preventing the tissue collapse which causes breathing issues and snoring. 

UPPP is a surgical method of removing tissue that is too bulky in the mouth and throat. The specific tissues that may be removed include:

  • The uvula

  • Part of the soft palate

  • The tonsils

  • The adenoids, which are soft tissues between the back of the nose and the throat

 

Lingual Tonsil Reduction: The lingual tonsil tissue is at the back of the tongue, (not the typical tonsils of the palate, which most people are familiar with). Reducing the size of the lingual tonsils may be performed as part of tongue base reduction procedure above.

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What are the common procedures to prevent from snoring?

Turbinate Reduction: This procedure reduces the small curved bones called turbinates that extend horizontally through the nasal passage.

Septoplasty: This is a surgical procedure to correct defects or deformities of the septum, which is the tissue separating the nostrils. 

Somnoplasty: This minimally invasive surgical treatment for snoring removes tissue in the uvula and soft palate. 

UPPP: removing tissue from the throat, including some or all of the uvula, portions of the soft palate, and tonsils and adenoids, if these have not been removed previously. 

Pillar Implants: Tiny, woven implants placed into the tissue of the soft palate immediately add rigidity to the area.

Tonsil Surgery: With the traditional method, the tonsils are removed using a scalpel.

Palate Radiofrequency Tightening: Treating the tissue of the soft palate and uvula with controlled heating via a radiofrequency energy

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