This procedure is performed on patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or severe snoring in order to determine where the source of their problem is anatomically located.
This special exam is needed in patients where such anatomic determination is not able to be made in the clinic while they are awake. As such, an anesthesiologist would put the patient to sleep using IV medications and when snoring or obstructive events happen, endoscopy is performed.
Areas that will be specifically examined during sleep endoscopy include:
- Behind the palate
- Back of Tongue
- Walls of the Throat
Why is this information helpful? Well... once it is apparent where and what is the culprit causing a given patient's problems, surgical treatment can be geared more specifically and directly to the area of concern seen during sedated endoscopy.
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