HOW CAN ENLARGED TONSILS CAUSE SLEEP APNEA IN MY CHILD? When a child has an infection, it causes tonsils to enlarge, subsequently blocking nasal passages and making breathing through the nose difficult or even impossible. When enlarged tonsils become a chronic issue, a tonsillectomy is necessary to prevent the serious symptoms and side effects of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), including:
Although not as common as with children, adults (who still have their tonsils) may also be candidates for a tonsillectomy if enlarged tonsils are contributing to sleep apnea or other health conditions.
Yes, our board certified ENT surgeons perform tonsillectomies in addition to many other surgical treatments in our state-of-the-art accredited facility or in a hospital. Patients undergoing tonsillectomy surgery are provided with general anesthesia and the entire surgery lasts between 30 to 45 minutes. Following the tonsillectomy, our team will provide detailed instructions on post-surgical care and follow-up.
In addition to reduced sleep apnea symptoms, a tonsillectomy offers benefits including:
A tonsillectomy for the treatment of sleep apnea may be covered by health insurance if it is medically prescribed specifically for the treatment of sleep apnea. The only way to receive coverage for any sleep apnea treatment is to have a sleep test conducted by a recognized sleep center and board certified physicians like those at NYC SleepWell. That’s why it’s important to schedule an appointment with NYC SleepWell. Based on a medical history and physical exam, we’ll determine if testing is required in your child’s case. In addition, our financial specialists are always available to help gather your insurance information and contact your insurance provider in order to determine your coverage. Please feel free to call us to schedule your appointment and answer any questions you may have.
Led by Dr. Ruben Cohen, a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, our skilled team of sleep specialists, general and pediatric dentists, orthodontists, ENT surgeons, and anaesthesiologists have extensive experience in tonsillectomies — in addition to other surgical treatments for a wide array of conditions related to sleep apnea. For your added peace-of-mind, our facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), the Gold Standard in Accreditation. Our goal at NYC SleepWell, plain and simple, is to help you sleep well – and be healthy!