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Snoring and sleeping difficulties may be infrequent, bothersome issues. For some, however, they are serious issues that cause extreme fatigue and difficulty concentrating — and can lead to long-term health problems if left untreated.
The Weill Cornell Medicine Ear, Nose and Throat Department collaborates with the Center for Sleep Medicine to help patients achieve high-quality rest for greater health. Our team of experts has helped many patients, including those with complex sleep disorders, achieve sound sleep.
Multidisciplinary care from leading experts: When you choose Weill Cornell Medicine, you have access to a network of doctors and specialists. Your ear, nose and throat doctor may consult with experts in nutrition, sleep medicine, neurology, pulmonology and other medical professionals as needed.
Weill Cornell Medicine partners with NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the top hospital systems in New York City and the U.S.
Comprehensive care founded on cutting-edge research: Our team understands that snoring and sleep disorders can negatively impact your personal and professional lives. We personalize all treatment to help you achieve high-quality sleep and live more fully. All patient care is based on the latest research and knowledge about snoring and sleep apnea treatments — including research being conducted by our own physicians.
Our team helps patients suffering from snoring, sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
Snoring can have many negative effects on your sleep quality and health, as well as relationships. It can also be a sign that you are suffering from sleep apnea. Both snoring and sleep apnea are more common among men over 40, but can affect anyone at any age.
What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which the airway is obstructed during sleep. It affects more than 20 million people in the US. The obstruction causes you to stop breathing while you’re asleep. In most cases, you are not aware that you have stopped breathing because sleep apnea doesn’t cause you to fully wake up. There are three main types of sleep apnea:
● Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type, occurs when your throat muscles relax too much during sleep
● Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing
● Complex sleep apnea syndrome occurs when you have both obstructive and central sleep apnea
Testing for snoring and sleep apnea: As a patient at Weill Cornell Medicine, our ear, nose and throat doctors will first learn about your sleep, lifestyle, snoring and other sleep issues that prevent you from getting high-quality sleep. Your doctor will then recommend tests to better understand and diagnose your sleep disorder. Possible tests include:
● In-office examination of your nose and throat using a small, flexible fiber-optic endoscope (thin tube)
● Home sleep study to measure your breathing with a portable device
● Overnight sleep study to measure your airflow, muscular movement and oxygen saturation
Treatments for snoring and sleep apnea: Your doctor will evaluate your test results and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve quality sleep. Treatments may include:
● Lifestyle modifications, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol, improving sleep hygiene or not sleeping on your back
● Continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) or similar equipment to keep your airway open during sleep
● Dental appliances or positional devices
Surgical treatments for complex sleep apnea: For some, non-surgical treatments do not help their sleep apnea. The Weill Cornell Medicine Ear, Nose and Throat Department has surgical expertise for successful treatment.
Our team has a high success rate with several surgical treatments, including laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty procedure (LAUP), in which excess vibrating throat tissue is removed in stages under local anesthesia.
Whether you visit us virtually through a Video Visit or you see us in-person, you can be assured that we will deliver the highest standards of care with compassion. Our team has taken every step to keep our facilities safe for you to continue your care. Learn more about our safety measures and the changes we’ve made to your patient experience.
The physicians at the Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Ear, Nose and Throat Department offer patients the highest level of safety and care. As a top-ranked academic medical center, you have access to our extensive network of specialists who provide seamless care throughout your treatment — to promote long-term physical and mental health.