Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The Zzzzs You Deserve

No more sleepless nights. That’s our goal if you have snoring problems or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

UC Health otolaryngologists see patients who have had sleep studies at the UC Health Sleep Medicine Center or another sleep program and have failed CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy. Usually, your doctor has told you have a condition that might be helped by surgery.

Surgical Solutions for Snoring and Obstructed Sleep

snoringHere are ways we can help.

Minimally Invasive Ways to Reduce Snoring

These minimally invasive procedures, performed in our office, are most effective at treating snoring. They have limited effectiveness in treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

  • Radiofrequency treatment (using low energy delivered through an electrode placed in the mouth) to shrink tissue in the soft palate and uvula
  • Permanent palate implants (several tiny pieces of polyester injected into the soft palate in the roof of the mouth) to stiffen the palate

UC Health participated in clinical trials of these treatments and has been performing them for 15 years.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Surgical Care Tailored to Your Unique Anatomy

Surgery to relieve obstructive sleep apnea ⎯ multi-level pharyngeal surgery ⎯ can involve several procedures. How many you need depends on your anatomy, the results of your sleep study and possibly imaging studies (X-rays, MRI), and our thorough evaluation.

You might need only one procedure. If you need a combination of procedures, we usually can perform them all at once. We take the time needed to identify the causes of your OSA and tailor your surgical treatment to occur in one event. This is more convenient and less stressful for you.
Multi-level pharyngeal surgery may include one or more of these:

  • Tonsillectomy
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPP) removes excess tissue in the throat
  • Hyoid suspension moves forward the base of the tongue
  • Midline partial glossectomy removes a portion of the back of the tongue

High Level of Success

These procedures are successful at relieving snoring more than 90 percent of the time. The success rate for sleep apnea is 60 to 70 percent.

Our otolaryngologists are involved with research in OSA surgery and help to create industry-wide clinical guidelines.

New Procedure for Implantable Stimulator

If you have OSA and haven’t succeeded with CPAP (continuous positive airflow pressure) therapy, you may be a candidate for a new minimally invasive procedure ⎯ the implantable hypoglossal (tongue) nerve stimulator. The success rate for the stimulator is 60 to 70 percent.

UC Health participated in clinical studies of the nerve stimulator and is the first facility in the tristate region to offer this treatment option, newly approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

From Sleep Study to Surgery — the Care You Need in One Location

UC Health has the expertise to make sure you get just what you need for your specific problem. You can conveniently have all of your care, from initial evaluation to sleep study to surgery, in one place.

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