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Media Contact: Janet Christenbury 08 August 2007
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Emory Healthcare Hosts Free Seminar on Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Emory Healthcare and Emory University's Department of Otolaryngology (ENT) are holding a free, informational seminar Aug. 16 to discuss snoring and sleep apnea, and the latest and most effective treatments available.

Sleep apnea occurs when the tissue in the back of the throat and the soft palate relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway. Snoring occurs when the same tissue vibrates during sleep. The sleep disorders can result in poor sleep conditions for the person and his or her bed partner. They can also lead to other serious health problems.

At the seminar, Alpen Patel, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology, Emory University School of Medicine, and an expert in the management of sleep disordered breathing will discuss treatment options for these sleep conditions. Treatments range from lifestyle changes to in-home breathing devices to minimally invasive and surgical procedures.

A new in-office treatment called the Pillar Procedure is now offered. This procedure involves implanting three tiny polyester inserts into the patient's soft palate. The inserts act like pillars to add structural support to the soft palate, thus preventing the palate from drooping and vibrating during sleep.

Details on the seminar are as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007
6:30 p.m.
Emory Crawford Long Hospital
Agnes Raoul Glenn Building Auditorium
550 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Ga., 30308

To reserve your space at this free seminar, please call Emory HealthConnection at 404-778-7777. Please note that space is limited.

Parking is located in the main parking deck attached to the auditorium.



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