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Sleep, Allergy & Sinus Clinic

Sleep, Allergy and Sinus & ENT Clinic is a unique practice dedicated to the treatment of snoring, sleep apnea, allergy, and sinus related disorders utilizing the latest methods from minimally invasive in-office techniques to more advanced surgical procedures.

a. General Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Diagnosis and Care

b. Diagnosis Skin Prick Allergy Test and Blood RAST Allergy Testing

c. Evaluation and Treatment of Sleep Disorders

  • Sleep Studies investigation and Treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)

d. Surgery for snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

  • Radiofrequency Inferior Turbinates
  • Radiofrequency of Soft Palate
  • Radiofrequency of Tongue Base
  • Anterior Palatoplasty – The Palatal Lift Operation

e. Audiology Hearing and Middle Ear Pressure Testing

f. Diving related ENT disorders

g. Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) Sinus Surgery, Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Septoplasty

i. Radiofrequency (minimal bleeding surgery) of nose, tongue base and tonsils

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Snoring)?

 

Also called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome – occurs when there are repeated episodes of complete or partial blockage of the upper airway during sleep. During a sleep apnea episode, the diaphragm and chest muscles work harder to open the obstructed airway and pull air into the lungs. Breathing usually resumes with a loud gasp, snort or body jerk. These episodes can interfere with sound sleep. They can also reduce the flow of oxygen to vital organs and cause irregular heart rhythms.

 

Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

 

Excess Weight (Obesity)

Associated with soft tissue of the mouth and throat. During sleep, when throat and tongue muscles are more relaxed, this soft tissue can cause the airway to become blocked. But many other factors are also associated with the condition in adults.

 

Structural abnormalities

 

  • Undersized or receding lower jaw or chin (micrognathia)
  • Jutting lower jaw (retrognathia)
  • Narrow upper jaw
  • Enlarged tongue
  • Enlarged tonsils

 

Are you having this problem? We have the solution for you.

 

Anterior Palatoplasty – The Palatal Lift Operation

This procedure involves an anterior soft palatal advancement technique with or without removal of the tonsils. The procedure was done under general or local anesthesia. The patient will be seated on an examination chair with the mouth open.

 

  • Less extensive than UPPP
  • Can be done under local anesthesia
  • Reshape the soft palate – lifts it up via a mucosal cut and absorbable sutures
  • AHI index reduced by more than half
  • Snoring intensity reduced by >70%
  • Not a single case of long-term nasal reflux
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