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Tongue a Key in OSA Management

Pearls in Management of the Tongue in Snoring/OSA
8:45 – 9:35 am
Room E353A

The tongue plays a key role in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but it is a part of the anatomy that is not well understood. A Wednesday Miniseminar will explore the tongue and its impact on the upper airway.

Speakers in the session will explain the pathophysiology of upper airway dynamics, the need for good airway evaluation, drug-induced sleep endoscopy, the latest advanced methods for treating tongue base obstruction, radio frequency of the tongue, tongue base coblation, tongue suspension, robotic tongue surgery, and hypoglossal nerve stimulation.

“The tongue is a very central structure and is attached mainly to the jawbone. Every time a patient with sleep apnea sleeps, the tongue collapses posteriorly and obstructs the airway. The tongue is important because there is a lot of fat in it, not just muscle. So, the idea is to not just address the muscle, but the fat that is in the tongue,” said the session moderator, Kenneth Peter Pang, MD, of the Asia Sleep Centre in Singapore.

Dr. Pang and Peter Michael Baptista MD, PhD, of Clinica Universidad de Navarra in Spain, also will explain why and how the tongue needs to be treated for OSA and the optimal surgical options.

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