Sleep Surgery Center

Sleep Surgery CenterWelcome to the CCENT Sleep Surgery Center. We perform all types of snoring and sleep apnea surgery including UPPP, Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty, and the newly introduced Pillar Procedure. Most surgeries are performed in our office under local anesthesia. Call our office for detail

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Sleep Apnea

The Greek word "Apnea" literally means "without breath" There are three types of apnea: Obstructive, central and mixed. Obstructive is the most common. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes during the night and often for a minute or longer.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. Central sleep apnea the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe. Mixed apnea is a combination of the two. With each apnea event, the brain briefly arouses people with sleep apnea in order for them to resume breathing. The sleep is extremely poor quality.

Sleep apnea affects more than twelve million Americans. Risk factors include being male, overweight and over forty, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age even children. There is a lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals; a majority remains undiagnosed and untreated. Sleep apnea is a very serious disorder and can have significant consequences.

If gone untreated, sleep apnea can cause:

  • High blood pressure
  • Loud snoring
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Weight gain
  • Memory problems
  • Impotency
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth upon awakening
  • Nocturnal snorting, gasping, choking (may wake self up)
  • Insomnia
  • Chest retraction during sleep in Young Children (chest pulls in)

Fortunately, sleep Apnea can be diagnosed and treated. There are several treatment options available.

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Snoring

Forty-five percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally, and 25 percent are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight persons, and it usually grows worse with age.

What Causes Snoring?

The noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This area is the collapsible part of the airway where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula. Snoring occurs when these structures strike each other and vibrate during breathing.

People who snore may suffer from:

  • Excessive bulkiness of throat tissue. Children with large tonsils and adenoids often snore. Overweight people have bulky neck tissue, too. Cysts or tumors can also cause bulk, but they are rare. 
  • Obstructed nasal airways. A stuffy or blocked nose requires extra effort to pull air through it. This creates an exaggerated vacuum in the throat, and pulls together the floppy tissues of the throat, and snoring results. So, snoring often occurs only during the hay fever season or with a cold or sinus infection. 
  • Long soft palate and/or uvula. A long palate narrows the opening from the nose into the throat. As it dangles, it acts as a noisy flutter valve during relaxed breathing. A long uvula makes matters even worse. 
  • Poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat. When muscles are too relaxed, either from alcohol or drugs that cause sleepiness, the tongue falls backwards into the airway or the throat muscles draw in from the sides into the airway. This can also happen during deep sleep.

Also, deformities of the nose or nasal septum, such as a deviated septum (a deformity of the wall that separates one nostril from the other) can cause such an obstruction.

Is Snoring Serious?

Socially, yes! It can be, when it makes the snorer an object of ridicule and causes others sleepless nights and resentfulness.

Medically, yes! It disturbs sleeping patterns and deprives the snorer of appropriate rest. When snoring is severe, it can cause serious, long-term health problems, including obstructive sleep apnea.

Snoring Treatment


The Pillar Procedure - Treatment for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

The PILLAR PROCEDURE is effective in reducing airway obstruction caused by instability in the soft palate tissues. In addition to the palate, tongue size, enlarged tonsils, a large uvula (the soft tissue structure that hangs from the back of your mouth), and/or nasal obstruction can all contribute to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. Learn More

The Pillar Procedure addresses one of the anatomical components of sleep apnea and snoring: the soft palate. During the Pillar Procedure, three tiny woven inserts are placed in the soft palate to help reduce the vibration that causes snoring and the ability of the soft palate to obstruct the airway. Once in place, the inserts add structural support to the soft palate. Over time, the body's natural tissue response to the inserts increases the structural integrity of the soft palate. Learn More

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