Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatments

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment

  • Snoring and sleep apnea treatment relies on an accurate evaluation and airway assessment by one of our specialists
  • During your snoring and sleep apnea evaluation Dr. Barlow will discuss the options of treatment specifically tailored to your needs
  • The following is an overview of treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea. Your optimum treatment options will be discussed with you by Dr. Barlow at the time of your consultation

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Procedures

Nasal Surgery – Septoplasty and Turbinoplasty

  • The goal of nasal surgery in the treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea is to open the nasal airway allowing the freer passage of air into the throat

Septum: Overview

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Nasal Surgery – Septoplasty

  • The nasal septum divides the nasal cavity into two halves
  • A deviated septum adversely affects breathing through both nasal cavities
  • Correction helps with snoring and sleep apnea as well as daytime breathing
  • See more information on Deviated Septum by clicking here

Nasal Surgery – Turbinoplasty

  • The turbinates are located on the side walls of the inside of the nose
  • Turbinates humidify, warm and filter the air that you breathe
  • Turbinate tissue can be swollen or enlarged causing the nose to plug up easily
  • Coblation® Turbinoplasty is an office procedure that uses a radiofrequency wand that is passed within the turbinates to cause shrinkage and improve your nasal airway
  • Sub-mucous turbinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the turbinates ; this involves the removal of the soft tissue and/or some of the bone inside the turbinate

Palate Surgery

  • The goal of palate surgery in the treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea is to remove and/or reduce the soft palate tissue to reduce vibrations and airway resistance

Palate Surgery: Coblation® Soft Palate Reduction for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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  • A Coblation-channeling® technique is used to simultaneously remove and shrink submucosal tissue while leaving the mucosal lining virtually undisturbed
  • Coblation® soft palate reduction is often performed in the office setting under local anesthesia
  • Coblation soft palate reduction is useful in the treatment of snoring and mild sleep apnea

UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty): Overview

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Palate Surgery: UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty)

  • UPPP is a surgical procedure for obstructive sleep apnea
  • In a UPPP the tonsils are usually removed along with redundant soft palate tissue
  • It is effective in selected candidates
  • Insurance companies may only cover a UPPP in patients who fail CPAP therapy

CPAP: Overview

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CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)

  • CPAP is considered the Gold Standard for treatment of moderate to severe sleep apnea
  • Dr. Barlow is skilled in ordering and managing CPAP therapy for sleep apnea
  • Even when a patient is able to tolerate CPAP regularly, surgical improvement of the nasal and oropharyngeal airway may help to reduce the CPAP pressures and improve CPAP tolerance

Oral Appliance: Overview

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Enlarged Turbinates: Overview

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Tonsillectomy: Overview

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Dr. Barlow operates on pediatric and adult patients for snoring and sleep apnea at:

  • Randall Children’s Hospital and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
  • Adventist Medical Center
  • Providence Milwaukie Hospital

If you are interested in our treatments, please call 503-257-3204 or request a visit online with us.

References:

ArthroCare, 7000 W. William Cannon Drive, Building One, Austin, Texas 78735; 2014

American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. One Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3357, 1-703-836-4444