Ask Dr. Park: Cutting Edge Surgical Options for Sleep Apnea

This month, I talk about the latest in surgical treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea: – How to find the right surgeon – The most common misconception about sleep apnea surgery – Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty: What you must know – What is surgical success? – Pros and cons of surgery – Information about tongue base procedures: genioglossus advancement, […]

Can Eating Canned Foods Cause Sleep Problems?

The next time you eat anything out of a can, think about this study: Researchers at Harvard found that levels of BPA (bisphenol-A) had a 1,221% increase in urine levels after eating canned soup once daily for 5 days. BPA is commonly found in the lining of bottles and cans. Recently, manufacturers have voluntarily removed […]

Acupuncture Lowers Sleep Apnea By Almost 50% After One Treatment

In a follow-up study (PDF) to their previous paper (PDF) showing that 10 acupuncture treatments can lower the AHI by 50%, the same authors performed sleep studies just before and after one acupuncture treatment, and found a 49% improvement in the apnea hypopnea index. The apnea index improved by 86%, and the hypopnea index dropped 39%. This […]

New Sleep Apnea Treatment: Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation

Here’s a radically new approach to treating obstructive sleep apnea: hypoglossal nerve stimulation. I read about initial successful pilot studies many years ago out of Johns Hopkins, but thought the concept never took off since I didn’t hear anything more. I was wrong. ImThera recently announced their aura6000 Targeted Hypoglossal Neurostimulation (THN) device for obstructive […]