Sleep Endoscopy

Sleep Endoscopy is an innovative technique available at Clearpoint Health Network helping you understand and manage your overall sleep health.

When we sleep the tissues in our airway relax. This relaxation can lead to vibration of tissues when we breathe in, which leads to snoring. Snoring can also be a result of structural abnormalities in the nose such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates, but for most, snoring occurs in one or more areas of the throat.

Sleep endoscopy with Clearpoint Health Network

Sleep apnea occurs when the tissues of the airway relax so much that they collapse and cause obstruction. This can cause a person to stop breathing periodically throughout the night and can result in gasping, choking or snoring sounds to open up the airway again.

Sleep endoscopy is a solution for those looking to precisely diagnose their snoring or sleep apnea to achieve personalized treatment options. Clearpoint Health Network is a network of private medical clinics with centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnnipeg and Calgary serving all of Canada and beyond.

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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.

Recovery After Sleep Endoscopy

The duration of this procedure is approximately 30 minutes. After the procedure, the patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored in case there are any complications. Since the procedure is minimally invasive, risks are less common, and the recovery time is shorter than traditional procedures.

Next Steps: Book Your Consultation Today

If you are ready to schedule your sleep endoscopy procedure, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. You have options for private healthcare and ENT surgery  in Canada.

Please note that our healthcare team will require your basic medical history in order to appropriately prepare for your consultation. You will be required to travel out of province for surgery. During the consultation, your patient care coordinator will discuss potential risks and complications. The consultation can take place via telephone or video conference.