sleep apnea

UnMask Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is rarely self diagnosed. However, if others are telling you about your snoring problem, you find yourself tired during the day or are suffering from poor concentration, you might have sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is commonly characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing caused by a blockage of the airway during sleep. Both adults and children are affected by forms of sleep apnea.  If left untreated, OSA can result in a multitude of lingering health problems.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

There are a variety of successful treatments for sleep apnea including behavioral modifications, oral airway appliances and surgical options.  You should seek professional medical help if you have symptoms of habitual snoring, falling asleep at work or while driving, becoming irritable, poor concentration or depression.

Snoring Surgery

In the absence of sleep apnea, treatments can successfully be performed in the office setting.

Celon ProSleep and ProBreath are bipolar radio-frequency induced thermotherapy devices used in the formation of submucosal volume reduction of the soft palate and nasal turbinates.  These are office based procedures that have proven to be effective in reducing or eliminating snoring in patients whom suffer from habitual snoring.

The key benefits are:

  • office based surgery under local anesthesia
  • takes only seconds to form the desired lesion
  • can be repeated to optimize the desired effects
  • minimal pain during and after the procedure
  • low complications rate
  • quick recovery and return of normal function

Minor Sleep Apnea Surgery

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the tongue base has been proven effective in the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.  Studies comparing this technique to CPAP showed similar effectiveness of both therapies suggesting a role for RFA as a primary treatment modality for OSA.

Currently, tongue base RFA using Somnoplasty is performed in-office with local anesthesia. The procedure involves a series of treatments aimed at reducing the size of the tongue base.  Through repeated treatments, studies have shown long term reduction in sleep apnea, minimal morbidity and improved sleep apnea quality of life measures such as significant reduction of daytime sleepiness.

 Advanced Sleep Apnea Surgery

Dr. Andy Chung customizes successful surgical treatment plan and addresses your airway obstruction problems based on a thorough head and neck examination and review of your sleep study results. The surgical options available to treat sleep apnea are individualized to each patient’s specific situation and lifestyle. In most cases, Dr. Chung is able to achieve a significant reduction in the severity of your OSA and reduce or eliminate your need for CPAP therapy.

Why Dr Andy Chung?

Dr. Chung, a highly experienced ENT specialist and surgeon, will guide you through the sleep study process for diagnosing sleep apnea and explain all options available for successful treatment.  Dr. Chung also works cooperatively with Orthodontists and Craniofacial surgeons as a member of the Surgical Institute for Sleep Apnea in Dallas, TX.