Sleep apnea is a chronic disorder in which a person’s breathing stops briefly and repeatedly while they are sleeping. When this occurs because of the airway closing or becoming blocked during sleep, the condition is called obstructive sleep apnea. Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, an inability to get a refreshing night’s sleep, daytime fatigue, depression, weight gain and even heart problems. Your physician can diagnose the reason behind your sleep apnea and recommend and/or provide effective treatments to resolve it. One of the most common treatments is the use of a C-PAP machine, which provides continuous air pressure to keep the airway open while a patient is sleeping. When less-invasive methods prove unsuccessful, surgical procedures to address sleep apnea may be considered, including but not limited to adenotonsillectomy, nasal reconstruction, maxillary-mandibular advancement, uvulectomy and Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for sleep apnea.