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Emory Sleep Surgery Center

Dr. Dedhia consults with a patient.

Dr. Dedhia consults with a patient.

The Emory Sleep Surgery Center focuses on treatment options for patients affected by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is the repetitive collapse of the upper airway during sleep, and a growing individual and public health concern that affects more than 1 in 10 Americans.

OSA robs patients of healthy sleep and can negatively impact their daytime function, leading to such hazards as a 3-to-10 fold increased risk of experiencing a motor vehicle accident. Several studies have also demonstrated that OSA can have deleterious effects on cardiovascular health, contributing to elevated rates of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

Continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), a mechanical system that helps people with OSA breath more easily during sleep, represents the first-line therapy for the condition, yet fewer than 50% of patients are able to use it. As a result, untreated OSA patients experience decreased quality of life and various serious health risks.

Since its inception in 2015, the Emory Sleep Surgery Center has rapidly developed into a referral program for treating OSA in the southeastern United States. The center is directed by Raj Dedhia, MD, one of fewer than 10 otolaryngologists in the United States who is both fellowship-trained and board-certified in sleep medicine.

»» Watch a story about Dr. Dedhia and Inspire Therapy on Fox 5 Atlanta

»» Read a story on the Sleep Surgery Center from Emory Medicine magazine