Couple Thank Dr. Friedman for Snoring Treatment

Chicago Couple Finally Get The Sleep They’ve Been Dreaming Of

At the age of 57, Martin Kehe found himself very tired and irritable every morning despite having slept eight continuous hours each night. At the same time, Martin’s bedtime partner was not getting a full nights rest as he stayed up all night frightened by Martin’s loud snoring and gasping for air numerous times during the night. Little did they both know that their lack of quality sleep and rest was a toxic mix for not only their health but their relationship. 

After following the advice of Martin’s partner, Martin decided to make an appointment with Dr. Michael Friedman, world-renowned sleep expert and board-certified otolaryngologist at ChicagoENT. After a physical and sleep study evaluation, Martin was diagnosed with sleep apnea, a serious breathing disorder that affects millions. If not treated, sleep apnea can have serious complications to his health.

People with sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times a night. In addition, the brain will sense low levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide and immediately send an emergency signal that will make the person gasp or snort for air. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud or heavy snoring
  • Weight gain
  • Restless sleep
  • Low libido
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Morning headaches
  • Feeling unrefreshed
  • Irritability
  • Restless legs
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Depression

At first, Martin tried the CPAP machine, a small machine that pushes constant and steady air pressure to keep your airways open. The CPAP machine has a pump that controls the airflow, a tube that carries the air from the machine to you, and a mask that goes over your mouth, nose, or both. The CPAP machine has been found to be very effective however many patients complain that the machine is too bulky and find it uncomfortable to switch from sleeping positions.

Martin was among these patients and found the CPAP machine to be uncomfortable for his sleeping patterns. He later tried the oral appliance, a retainer like oral device used to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea after a CPAP machine has been exhausted as an option. The oral appliance is to be worn only during sleep, it supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway.Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Some patients can experience sore jaws and teeth or gums, and excessive salivation or even dry mouth from wearing the oral appliance.

Martin was again among those patients. After exhausting all non-invasive treatment options. Dr. Friedman told Martin that he was a candidate for the Pillar procedure. Dr. T.K. Venkatesan, a board-certified otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon with ChicagoENT performed the 20 minute in-office Pillar procedure.

The Pillar procedure is an effective and safe, minimally invasive procedure to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The pillar procedure involves surgically placing small polyester rods in the soft palate. Each implant measures 18 millimeters (mm) in length – slightly less than an inch – and 1.S mm in diameter. The subsequent healing of tissue around the implants stiffens the soft palate, which is believed to be a significant contributor for at least 80% of people who can’t stop snoring.

Martin and his bedtime partner immediately noticed and felt the difference. “You have no idea how great I feel,” said Martin Kehe. “When I take deep breaths, I can feel my airways open up as the refreshing and calming air enters my body. I wake up feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. I can’t imagine going another day without quality sleep or breathing.” Martin recommends the Pillar procedure to anyone that has exhausted all sleep apnea treatment options. ” I’m a walking believer, this procedure saved my life and brought me closer to my partner. I recommend getting a sleep study done immediately if you are among the millions of people that snore or wake up feeling tired or unrefreshed. Life is too short to live without good sleep,” said Martin.

ChicagoENT World-Renowned Sleep Experts Can Help

Referring physicians trust ChicagoENT and Sleep Center to care for their patients than any other Chicagoland practice. For over 30 years our board-certified, skilled and fellowship trained physicians have been providing pediatric and adult patients with diagnosis and comprehensive treatment options that are innovative, non-and minimally invasive. In fact, ChicagoENT and Sleep Center helped pioneer non-invasive treatments that are available and being performed today.

ChicagoENT and Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). This accreditation assures the highest quality level of care by specially trained physicians and sleep technicians who rigorously follow evidence-based protocols for evaluating and treating sleep disorder patients.

Don’t trust your sleep to anyone else. let us help you get the good night’s rest you’ve been dreaming about. We offer 10 convenient Chicagoland locations with private, luxurious hotel amenities, and in-home testing available. To make an appointment to see one of our sleep medical specialists call, 773.296.5500 or call, 773.262.4110 to make an appointment for a sleep study. You can also schedule online 24/7 by simply clicking here!