Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment

Learn More About Treatment For Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Ear, nose and throat specialists (ENTs) at Aurora work closely with the Aurora Sleep Disorders Center to treat snoring and sleep apnea.

ENTs diagnose and treat a number of conditions that can lead to snoring and sleep apnea. Sometimes, snoring and sleep apnea are caused by problems with structures in the nose, mouth or throat – such as the tongue, tonsils and epiglottis. Aurora Health Care ENTs perform surgical procedures to correct these problems in hopes of curing or improving snoring and sleep apnea. A few of the procedures offered at Aurora Health Care are:

  • Genioglossus advancement – This procedure is performed to reposition the tongue so it is less likely to collapse and block the airway during sleep.
  • Hyoid suspension – During hyoid suspension surgery, ENTs move the hyoid bone forward and secure it to the cartilage of the thyroid to help keep the airway open. This surgery is usually reserved for patients who have severe sleep apnea that has not responded to other surgical procedures.
  • Tongue-base reduction – Sometimes an enlarged tongue base (the back of the tongue) can lead to airway blockage while sleeping. Tongue-base reduction is a surgical procedure to remove a portion of the tongue base to improve breathing during sleep. ENTs at Aurora perform traditional-tongue base reduction surgery and a minimally invasive procedure called transoral robotic tongue-base reduction. The transoral robotic approach allows the surgeon to better visualize the structures of the tongue and throat so he or she can better assess which areas can be reduced.
  • Epiglottidectomy – This is another procedure performed to improve sleep apnea. During the procedure, part of the epiglottis (the flap of cartilage at the tongue’s root) is removed to keep it from blocking the airway during sleep.
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) – Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is a procedure to remove excess tissue in the throat. It is done to widen the airway to reduce snoring. During the procedure, surgeons may remove tissue from different parts of the mouth and throat, including the uvula (the piece of tissue that hangs down from the back of the roof of your mouth), part of the soft palate (the roof of the mouth), excess throat tissue, and the pharynx (the cavity behind the nose and mouth).

Sometimes, enlargement of the tonsils and/or adenoids can lead to snoring and sleep apnea. If the symptoms are severe enough, ENTs may remove the tonsils, adenoids or both to reduce sleep apnea and snoring.

Why Come to Aurora Health Care?

When it comes to caring for your health, you want the best. And at Aurora, our ear, nose and throat specialists in Wisconsin and northern Illinois are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced treatments available today.

At Aurora, you’re an important part of your health care team, and you can expect outstanding care.

  • We have experts to meet all of your needs – Every ENT at Aurora is a board-certified otolaryngologist (ENT), and many have additional certifications and specializations. So no matter which condition you have, Aurora has a doctor to treat it.
  • We’re dedicated to patient care – At Aurora, every team member, from customer service representatives to techs to nurses to doctors, shares the goal of providing outstanding care in a patient-focused, compassionate environment.
  • We offer innovative treatment options – You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology, including leading-edge microsurgeries that can improve outcomes and quality of life.
  • You can get immediate access to referrals – Aurora Health Care offers hundreds of specialists under one roof, as part of one integrated health care team. If your ear, nose and throat doctor thinks you should see another specialist, he or she can make a referral and get you an appointment right away.
  • All Aurora doctors are connected – Because Aurora is a large health care system, there are doctors across the state of Wisconsin to serve you. And, if you are seen in Green Bay and later in Milwaukee, your medical records will be available to each and every health professional within our integrated health care system.

How Do I Schedule a Consultation With an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist?

To schedule a consultation or appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist at Aurora, call one of the ENT offices directly. View the list of Aurora ENTs.