A full night’s sleep is essential to your overall health. If you are well rested, you feel good and can function at your best. According to statistics, approximately 25 million adults in the United States suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and more than three times that number snore. At the Sleep, Sinus, & Snoring Clinic of Florida, we provide the care required to help patients breathe easier and enjoy a safe and uninterrupted night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially life-threatening disorder involving repeated pauses in breathing while asleep. The most common form of this condition is obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when there is an obstruction of an individual’s airway that interferes with the flow of oxygen through nose or mouth during sleep. In someone afflicted with obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles of the throat and mouth relax during sleep to the point where they fall back into the upper airway and create a blockage that restricts breathing.
The signs and symptoms of this disorder during sleeping hours may include, loud snoring, episodes of breathing cessation, abrupt awakenings, episodes of gasping for air, along with difficulties getting a good night’s sleep. An individual with sleep apnea will exhibit problems during the day as well. Sleep apnea can lead to a morning headache, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Furthermore suffering with sleep apnea can be associated with other medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular and heart issues, gastric reflux and depression.
As the only comprehensive sleep clinic in Florida, Dr. Torre, along with members of his skilled team, offer a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to the treatment of Sleep Apnea and Snoring.
While Dr. Torre emphasizes the optimization of nasal breathing as the first step in care for patients with nasal/sinus and airway/snoring issues, he recognizes that every patient is unique and requires an individualized approach to care.
For patients that do not respond to CPAP therapy and do not experience a reduction of symptoms or improvement using non-operative methods, Dr. Torre offers an extensive range of surgical procedures to treat obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
Depending on the underlying issues and contributing factors, Dr. Torre develops an individualized plan of care, including surgical procedures as indicated from one or more of the following categories:
As indicated, Dr. Torre also performs a procedure known as drug induced sleep endoscopy (DISE). This procedure yields essential information on the location, severity, and pattern of an upper airway collapse while a patient is sedated and asleep. By pinpointing the specific location of obstruction and the structures involved, Dr. Torre can determine the most appropriate therapeutic care and the exact area that needs to be surgically addressed.
As a leading expert in the field, trained and board certified Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Sleep Medicine, and Obesity Medicine, Dr. Torre is well-equipped to help patients chart a path to improve breathing, sleep, and wellness. He offers integrated care to address contributing issues such as obesity, soft tissue redundancy of the airway, and facial skeletal deficiencies. Dr. Torre also works collaboratively with other specialists and healthcare professionals to manage comorbidities, including cardiovascular and pulmonary issues associated with OSA.