Overview of Sleep

For millions of Americans a sound sleep remains an elusive dream. It is estimated that 50 % of the population suffers from one form of sleep disorder at some point in their life. Only recently medical science began to realize the importance of sound sleep for our physical and mental well being. The multidisciplinary team of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai's Sleep Disorders Center is dedicated to the research and treatment of a full range of sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia, and daytime sleepiness.

Whether you are experiencing difficulty with falling asleep, maintaining sleep or simply can’t get a restful night because of the snoring, you are probably one among many millions suffering from undiagnosed sleep disorder, and it can have a strong long-term impact on your health. Depression, loss of sexual desires, elevated blood pressure, and heart arrhythmias are among a few of many possible consequences of the untreated sleep disorders.

Typically, an initial visit to our center includes a consultation with one of our sleep specialists, followed by testing conducted in our fully accredited state-of-the-art sleep laboratory.

One of the most common patient complaints is snoring, which by itself could cause a significant social problem and could be a sign of the underlying sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition caused by temporary obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. This temporary obstruction leads to disturbances in the sleep architecture, decrease in the blood oxygen levels, and heart rhythm anomalies.

Depending on the severity of the problem as well as certain anatomical considerations, various types of treatment modalities can be chosen, including conservative and surgical approaches.

Treatment with CPAP machine - a cornerstone of medical therapy is designed so that air under a measured pressure is breathed in via a facial or nasal mask, clearing the obstruction, thus eliminating snoring sounds and enabling the patient to take full breaths.

Dental device – shifts the lower jaw forward, separating the tongue base from the posterior wall of the throat and soft palate and relieving the obstruction.

For patients unable to tolerate CPAP mask or dental device, a full range of surgical options is available based on the severity of the problem.

For simple snoring or mild sleep apnea, in-office uvulectomy – as well as palatal pillar procedure can be offered.

For more complex cases, a combination of surgical procedures on the soft palate and various tongue base advancement procedures are usually performed. For the most resistant cases maxilla-mandibular advancements could be indicated.

Contact Information

The Sleep Center
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
310 E. 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-8288  TEL
(212) 614-8294  FAX

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