School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine


The Sleep Disorders Program at the Department of Otolaryngology at Wayne State University is dedicated to the management of patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Following a comprehensive evaluation, a treatment plan will be formulated and can range from minimally invasive procedures to major surgical correction of the upper airway. 

The primary goals of the Sleep Disorder Center are:

1.  To treat snoring with minimally invasive office procedures, such as placement of rigid implant to strengthen the floppy soft palate (Pillar palatoplasty), removal of large uvula (uvulectomy), or stiffening the soft palate by injection of chemical.   

2.  To improve patient compliance with the use of positive airway pressure device (such as CPAP, BiPAP, etc.) by correction of problems (such as nasal obstruction, large tonsils, etc.) that may interfere with the use of the device. Procedures may include the removal of large tonsils and the correction of nasal obstruction by minimally invasive surgical procedures.

3.  To provide a surgical alternative for those patients who cannot tolerate CPAP or BiPAP for the treatment of their sleep apnea. For these patients, careful evaluation of the upper airway to identify the exact site or sites of airway obstruction will be carried out during a sleep endoscopy.  A sleep endoscopy is a procedure in which the inside of the patient’s throat is examined using a small video camera while he or she is sleeping in the operating room. Surgical treatment, including robotic base of tongue resection, will then be directed toward the correction of the site or sites of airway obstruction identified during the endoscopy.