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Sleep Medicine for Surgeons†
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2009
Copyright © 2008 The Triological Society
Volume 118, Issue 5, pages 915–931, May 2008
How to Cite
Davidson, T. M. (2008), Sleep Medicine for Surgeons. The Laryngoscope, 118: 915–931. doi: 10.1097/MLG.0b013e3181670fc4
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 JAN 2008
- Sleep apnea;
- sleep disordered breathing;
- continuous positive airway pressure
Sleep medicine is an important component of current head and neck surgery practices. Furthermore, obstructive sleep apnea is an anatomic disease of the upper respiratory tract, a region of anatomy best known to head and neck surgeons. If head and neck surgeons choose to participate in the surgical treatment of sleep apnea, they must develop expertise in the evaluation and home sleep testing aspects of sleep apnea. Because positive airway pressure remains the front line treatment, they must also develop expertise in the prescription of positive airway pressure therapy.