What is Sleep Endoscopy?
Sleep endoscopy is a procedure that is performed while you sleep. This safe and painless approach determines the location(s), severity and type of obstruction that is causing your snoring and/or sleep apnea. Using an endoscope, the surgeon can identify the obstruction(s) occurring in the airway and identify options for treatment.
These dynamic processes allow us to sector in on the areas of obstruction while you sleep, providing us with the most accurate information on why you snore or have sleep apnea. Using the information gathered during a sleep endoscopy treatment, your doctor will prescribe a personalized treatment plan, which may comprise surgical and/or nonsurgical treatments to address your sleep apnea.
What to Expect
Sedation is given to induce sleep and recreate your snoring and/or sleep apnea. Once you are asleep, the surgeon will insert the endoscope, a small flexible camera, into your nose and throat to examine your airway while you sleep. The surgeon uses the endoscope to see which parts of the nose and throat are causing the obstruction. Using this information, the surgeon will identify a course of treatment, including surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.