Sleep Apnea Treatments at South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center
Before looking at the types of sleep apnea treatment we offer, it’s worth taking a moment and noting that all procedures are tailored to your unique needs with individualized treatment plans. No two patients’ symptoms are the same and neither are their treatments. This leads to a higher rate of success and increased patient comfort during the treatment process.
Sleep apnea testing and treatment offered at South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center include:
Home Sleep Testing
The first step to a successful medical outcome is comprehensive and thorough testing. With that in mind, we’re proud to offer home sleep testing.
While many doctors order laboratory-based sleep studies, Dr. Mandel uses a different type of diagnostic study. His specialized home sleep testing kits give you all the benefits of laboratory testing from the comfort of your bed.
Our home sleep testing protocol measures airway obstruction (in both your mouth and nasal cavity), electrical activity, and blood oxygen saturation. This allows Dr. Mandel to get a detailed picture of your respiratory and airway function. This data is invaluable in creating your individualized treatment plan.
Minimally Invasive Palatal Stiffening (MIPS)
Minimally Invasive Palatal Stiffening, or MIPS, is a proprietary sleep apnea treatment only available at South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center.
Dr. Mandel uses a diode laser to stiffen the soft palate. This is non-bone tissue found on the roof of your mouth. It includes the uvula, which, if overextended, can be a cause of obstructive sleep apnea. The procedure is performed under IV sedation, so patient discomfort is minimized as much as possible throughout. It can be completed in as little as 5 minutes, and our patients report minimal post-operative discomfort. That’s right, a lifetime of better sleep can be yours in as little as 5 minutes.
Minimally Invasive Nasal Procedures
Often performed alongside MIPS, our range of Minimally Invasive Nasal Procedures offer you an alternative to traditional sleep apnea treatments or surgeries.
Depending on your anatomy, your obstruction may be caused by a deviated septum, swollen turbinates, narrow sinus passages, and more. No matter what combination of procedures you may need, they are all performed at the same time and take around 15-20 minutes to complete altogether.
Sleep Apnea Information
Also known as sleep-disordered breathing, sleep apnea is a complicated medical issue. This is due in no small part to the number of people affected, the varying types of sleep apnea, and how symptoms present themselves in patients.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by tissue-related apnea (the medical term for cessation of breathing). It occurs when something physically narrows or completely obstructs your airway.
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is caused when your brain fails to send the necessary signals to your respiratory muscles (including the diaphragm). These are the muscles responsible for controlling your breathing during sleep.
Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (CompSAS) is the combination of both OSA and CSA. It’s still newly-recognized by the medical community, and as a result, some doctors aren’t convinced it should have its own designation. Instead, many physicians suggest it should be referred to as “treatment-emergent central apnea” – though it’s thought to affect as many as 19 percent of OSA and CSA sufferers of OSA and CSA sufferers.
OSA Signs and Symptoms
Like any illness, obstructive sleep apnea has a range of symptoms. Common OSA symptoms include:
- Daytime Drowsiness
- Sudden Mood Changes
- Dry Mouth and Sore Throat upon Waking
- Episodes of Stopped Breathing
- Persistent Snoring
Consequences of OSA
If left untreated, OSA can lead to a variety of other health issues. These can include:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Heart Disease including Heart Attack
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Central Obesity
One-of-a-Kind Sleep Apnea Treatment
Now that you know more about sleep apnea treatment, it’s time to learn what sets South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center apart.
Not only are our procedures minimally invasive, but many were developed by Dr. Mandel himself. With 29 years of experience, Dr. Mandel has set the standard for snoring, sinus, and allergy care across the United States. He’s Double Board-Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery, and he is widely considered a pioneer in designing the least invasive treatment options possible.
We have two locations in South Florida, conveniently located in both Fort Lauderdale and Plantation. This allows us to provide localized, patient-focused care. You don’t have to fly to a specialist – the specialist is in your own backyard! All surgical procedures are performed in our state-certified Level III surgical suites.