If your sleep has been disturbed for more than a month and it begins to interfere with your ability to drive, hold a job, stay in school or perform normal daily activities, a physician and board-certified sleep specialist should evaluate you. Learn more about sleep disorders.
Many times lifestyle and behavior modifications can help patients with sleep-related disorders. These may involve dietary changes, weight-modification techniques, relaxation techniques, and other stress-reducers. When these are not effective, there are a number of non-surgical treatments that may be beneficial, including:
- Oral Appliances: Oral appliances can be worn in the mouth at night to help quiet snoring and to treat mild cases of sleep apnea. If an oral device is right for you, you will first go through a sleep study and then be referred to a specially trained dentist for an examination and fitting.
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP): CPAP is a method of delivering pressurized air through a nasal mask which prevents the airway from closing during sleep. Air can then flow freely to and from the lungs. CPAP has a high success rate in treating obstructive sleep apnea, restoring normal sleep patterns, and eliminating daytime fatigue and sleepiness.
- Bi-Level Positive Pressure: This procedure provides two different pressure levels for breathing in and out, and may be more comfortable for patients who have had difficulty tolerating CPAP.
- Surgery: When a patient is unable to tolerate CPAP, a doctor may recommend surgery. Several surgical options can treat sleep-related breathing problems. Most surgeries make the airway larger by tightening or removing structures in the throat. Other procedures unblock the nose or reposition the jaw.
- Pillar® Implants that stiffen the soft palate
- Correction of a deviated septum or other nasal obstructions
- Correction of obstructions in the throat and neck
- Surgery to reduce the size of turbinates (structures inside the nose)
- Surgery to correct a functional problem with the tongue that may be contributing to breathing problems during sleep
- Removal of the uvula, the tonsils and a section of the soft palate. This the most common type of surgery for snoring and sleep apnea. This procedure often stops the throat structures from rattling, which causes snoring.
- Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) or radiofrequency tissue ablation (RFTA) to shrink the back of the tongue or palate
- Surgery to advance the jaw or chin bones in order to correct facial or throat abnormalities
Make an Appointment
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a sleep specialist, please call our scheduling line or request an appointment online.
Adult Neurology and Sleep Medicine
Adult Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
- Dina B. KiaNoury, MD
- Tunay Kuru, MD, MHSA
- Anne E. O'Donnell, MD
- Cristina A. Reichner, MD
- Richard E. Waldhorn, MD
Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
- Adult Sleep Center Patient Information Packet
- Adult Sleep Center Patient Information Packet (Spanish)
- Pediatric Sleep Center Patient Information Packet
- Pediatric Sleep Center Patient Information Packet (Spanish)
- Adult Sleep Patient Information Packet
- Pediatric Sleep Patient Information Packet
Home Sleep Testing
MedStar Georgetown offers home sleep testing in the sleep center. Please refer to links below for more information on how to hook up a device at home.