The Most Effective and Precise METHOD FOR IdentifYING Airway ObstructionS
SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF SNORING & SLEEP APNEA IS BASED ON THE ACCURATE IDENTIFICATION OF THE PATTERN OF AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION.
EXAMINING THE UPPER AIRWAY
If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and are considering treatment options, the key to a successful outcome is proper diagnosis to address the specific sites and levels of airway obstruction. In many patients, it is not possible to completely evaluate all of the anatomic areas responsible for airway narrowing, vibration (snoring), or complete obstruction (apnea) while you are awake.
In the throat, there are four major areas that can be responsible:
- Palate (Velum)
- Lateral pharyngeal wall (Oropharynx)
While an overnight sleep study is important for identifying the problem, Drug Induced Sleep Endoscopy (DISE) can be extremely insightful in:
- Precisely identifying site of obstruction
- Predicting response to oral appliance, CPAP, and surgery
- Demonstrating factors that interfere with use of CPAP
- Evaluation of mouth breathing vs. nasal breathing
With a thin flexible camera inserted through the nose, we are able to examine the entire upper airway and visualize the specific sites of obstruction- taking out the guess work. The information obtained will help determine which specific structures seem to be playing a major role in airway obstruction and which treatment option would have optimal success.
the power of precision medicine
Precise diagnosis allows for targeted and effective treatment.