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Sleeping Disorders and Snoring


Christopher Larsen, MD

Keith Sale, MD

Physicians at the University of Kansas work as a multidisciplinary team of doctors and sleep specialists from the departments of Otolaryngology, Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine, Psychiatry, and Dentistry to create sleep disorder solutions for each individual patient.  They treat children and adults of all ages.

Pediatric Sleep Disorders

Children with loud, nightly snoring and restless sleep often have sleep disordered breathing or even obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  Children with this condition have been shown to have shorter attention spans, poor learning, bedwetting, hyperactivity, fatigue, and poor school performance.  Some patients have reflux, allergies, iron deficiency and/or tonsil and adenoid enlargement.  Medical and/or surgical treatment can improve sleep quality and reverse symptoms noted above.

Adult Sleep Disorders

Approximately 80% of adult patients who snore nightly have obstructive sleep apnea.  The snoring is certainly disruptive to bed partners.  In addition, adult patients with untreated obstructive sleep apnea are at much greater risk for stroke, abnormal heart rhythm, high blood pressure, morning headaches, severe fatigue, and death by motor vehicle accident, to name a few.  Traditionally this condition is diagnosed with an overnight sleep study.  Not all patients require or desire overnight sleep study testing.  We can help determine your risk for significant disease and/or recommend treatment for primary snoring.  Sleep study testing can be performed in the comfort of your own home or through more involved testing through the Department of Neurology or Pulmonary Medicine.  Adult sleep apnea is traditionally treated with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, but approximately 50% of patients do not tolerate this device.  As upper airway evaluation and treatment experts, we are well equipped to determine the next course of action in this subset of patients.  Drug Induced Sleep Endoscopy (DISE) is offered to determine the pattern of airway collapse or obstruction during medication induced sleep simulation.  We offer pillar implants (, tonsillectomy, expansion palatoplasty, tongue base suspension with hyoid myotomy (, AIRvance system), nasal surgery to improve CPAP tolerance, and hypoglossal nerve stimulation therapy (  Our faculty are fully versed in the latest methods of evaluation and treatment. 

Call 913-588-6701 for more information and to make an appointment.


Last modified: Sep 28, 2018
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