The team at Temple’s Sleep Disorders Program use a variety of treatment methods. The first step in most patients’ evaluation is the sleep study, which involves attaching sensors to a patient and monitoring activity while they sleep. This may take place at Temple as an inpatient study, or at the patient’s home as a home study.
Other treatments offered to patients within Temple’s Sleep Disorders Program include:
- Positional therapy
- Oral appliances
- Other forms of positive airway pressure (PAP) such as bilevel PAP, adaptive servo-ventilation, and average volume assured pressure support (AVAPS)Inspire (coming soon)
For patients whose sleep disorders are not managed by PAP therapy, surgical procedures may provide relief. Tissue removal surgery, or uvulapalatophayngoplasty, which involves removing tissue from the back of the mouth and top of the throat, may stop snoring and help with obstructive sleep apnea. Jaw repositioning surgery involves moving the jaw forward and may help keep the airway free from obstruction. A tracheostomy involves surgically creating a hole in the front of the neck the goes into the windpipe; this creates a new airway that allows air to pass in and out the lungs without obstruction. Other surgeries, such as nasal polyp removal or septum repair may also help patients with sleep apnea.