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The process of diagnosing and treating snoring and sleep apnea requires many steps.
UPMC's Division of Sleep Surgery works with ear, nose, and throat (ENT) experts to find the most effective care for your sleep condition.
Snoring occurs when air cannot move freely through the air passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This causes vibration of the roof of the mouth and uvula, creating the snoring sound.
The smaller the airway and the larger the obstruction, the louder the snoring becomes.
Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing — usually between 10 and 30 seconds — during sleep.
Because sleep apnea episodes often occur many times throughout the night, they disrupt your quality of sleep. That's why you may feel tired and sluggish in the morning
Our sleep experts now offer a groundbreaking new procedure, called upper airway stimulation, that helps to treat the symptoms of sleep apnea. The device works inside your body, and with your natural breathing process, to treat sleep apnea. It continuously monitors your breathing patterns while you sleep. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open.
The system consists of three components: a small generator, a breathing sensor lead, and a stimulation lead—all controlled by the small handheld Inspire sleep remote. Simply turn the therapy on at night before bed, and off in the morning when you wake up.
To make an appointment with a sleep specialist at UPMC's Division of Sleep Surgery, call University Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists at 412-232-3687.
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