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Head & Neck Surgery of Kansas City treats all aspects of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing that can last for a few seconds to minutes and may occur multiple times throughout the night. Treatments for sleep apnea are offered by board-certified physician Dr. Mark Walton.
Treatments we offer:
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP therapy involves the use of a CPAP machine, which delivers a continuous stream of air through a mask. The machine prevents the airway from collapsing or becoming blocked, thus ensuring a steady supply of air to the lungs. By maintaining open airways, CPAP therapy helps prevent the interruptions in breathing associated with sleep apnea.
Inspire® for sleep apnea
Inspire® is a no mask, no hose option for sleep apnea. A patient is only eligible for Inspire® when they have tried CPAP (and not found relief) first.
Inspire® specifically treats obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is the most prevalent form of sleep apnea. It occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax excessively, leading to a partial or complete blockage of the airway. As a result, the individual experiences a temporary cessation of breathing.
The Inspire® implant is the only FDA-approved OSA therapy that works inside your body. The small Inspire® implant delivers gentle pulses to your airway muscles to keep your airway open. Over 99.5% of Inspire implant procedures are successfully completed without any major complications. The small Inspire® implant is placed near your collarbone during an approximately 90-minute outpatient procedure. After the procedure, most people require nothing more than over-the-counter pain medication, and within a few days, can resume non-strenuous activities.
For a consultation or treatment for Inspire, please call (913) 599-4800 and ask for an appointment with Dr. Mark Walton.
How it works
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a surgical procedure performed to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It involves the removal of excess tissue from the throat, specifically the uvula, soft palate, and pharynx, to widen the airway and reduce the risk of airway obstruction during sleep. This procedure is sometimes recommended to sleep apnea patients based on the patient symptoms, condition, and overall health profile.