Many of your daily habits can affect sleep quality and sleep apnea. A comprehensive evaluation of your medical sleep history helps identify lifestyle factors that can be adjusted to improve sleep quality. Dr. Kent will determine if treatment of excess weight needs to be part of your sleep apnea treatment. If needed, Vanderbilt's surgical and medical weight loss clinics can help with nutritional planning and weight management techniques.
For some individuals, sleep apnea improves significantly when sleeping on the side or stomach, rather than on the back. We evaluate individual anatomy and review sleep study findings to determine whether this non-surgical therapy may be beneficial for you.
Positive airway pressure has been the mainstay therapy for sleep apnea for more than 30 years and, if worn regularly, is an excellent first-line therapy option. We identify the most appropriate equipment needed and provide hands-on trouble shooting in the follow-up. We also provide alternative treatment options for those unable to succeed with it.
We obtain a detailed history and nasal airway exam to determine if you suffer from sinus problems, structural issues (such as a deviated septum), or poorly controlled allergy symptoms. Learn about how Vanderbilt Otolaryngology’s Rhinology service partners with the Asthma, Sinus, and Allergy Program to help us fully manage our patient's allergy problems.
Snoring and mild sleep apnea can sometimes be treated with in-office procedures that help you avoid a trip to the operating room. Dr. Kent can help you determine whether one of these treatment options is the right fit for you.
Oral appliances keep the lower jaw and tongue away from the back wall of the throat during sleep and can be an excellent non-surgical option for some patients. We partner with qualified sleep dentists to fit patients with a high-quality customized device and then follow their progress closely.
Dr. Kent combines expert knowledge and comprehensive examination of your anatomy to create a treatment plan customized just for you.
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