Snoring results from turbulent, disordered flow of air during breathing. Importantly, this may occur in the nose, at the junction of the nose and throat or in the throat itself. Snoring can be disruptive to your own sleep, as well as that of loved ones (or even those trying to sleep down the hall!). At MOSA, the evaluation begins with gaining a clear understanding of the location of the problem and its severity. Often nasal obstruction can be treated medically. However, some cases of nasal or partial pharyngeal obstruction require surgery. In many cases, weight loss can also be beneficial.
Most importantly we determine whether there is the presence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This occurs when the walls of the throat and the tongue fall together and obstruct breathing as the patient falls asleep. The patient awakens several times throughout the night, often without become aware of these disruptions. The result is a restless struggle to sleep, chronic fatigue and sleepiness throughout the day. Worse, the disordered breathing eventually results in high blood pressure in the lungs, heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms, which can become life-threatening. Obviously, this is not an issue to be taken lightly.
Dr. Paul Hoff was trained at the University of Michigan and is a national leader in the techniques of diagnosis and minimally invasive and robotic surgical management. The diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea is complex and the team at MOSA collaborates with a group of complimentary physicians and dentists as part of a multidisciplinary approach for the care of sleep apnea patients. MOSA is also proud to be one of the first practices in the country to offer the Inspire hypoglossal nerve stimulator for patients with moderate to severe OSA. Find out more about these techniques here.