Sleep Disorder Treatments
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We provide more than just the traditional therapies for sleeping/waking disorders. We offer the latest in sleep medicine, and our experts work with you to find the treatment that meets your unique health care needs.
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We are proud to be Connecticut's leader in a revolution in sleep medicine: TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS), a da Vinci® SI Robot-Assisted Surgery, for the treatment of sleep apnea.
Some conditions, such as sleep apnea, can be treated using dental devices. These devices are worn at night and fit in the mouth, much like a mouth guard.
Over time, the dental device pulls your lower jaw forward, which prevents tissue from blocking your airway.
This treatment does not suit everyone and should be discussed with a sleep medicine physician or a dentist who has been certified by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Inspire therapy is an innovative treatment for sleep apnea. It was developed for patients who have not had success with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).
How does Inspire therapy work?
A small implant monitors your breathing while you sleep. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the device gently stimulates the muscles that keep your airway open while you sleep. The entire Inspire system is made up of three parts: a small generator, a breathing sensor lead and a stimulation lead. The system is controlled using a handheld remote, which you use to "switch on" the system before you go to bed.
Will I need surgery to get Inspire?
The Inspire device can be implanted during a same-day outpatient procedure. There is no permanent change to any part of your body.
At Middlesex Health, which was the first in Connecticut to offer Inspire therapy, the procedure is performed by Dr. Mark D'Agostino.
Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. Through a mask, a device will deliver a flow of air to create pressure in the back of your throat and mouth. This holds open the soft tissues that are falling back and closing your airway.
PAP can be extremely beneficial to your future health and is a treatment option that does not require surgery. Those who wear the PAP mask on a regular basis will notice a large difference in their daytime performance.
Some people have sleep apnea only when they lay on their backs. This type of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be treated with a simple wedge or belt that will keep you from turning onto your back while sleeping.
Provent® is an EPAP (Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure) device that fits onto the end of your nose. The pressure caused by your own breath keeps your airway open.
This option is intended for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.