Sleep Medicine

Kathleen Yaremchuk and Pell Ann Wardrop
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One of the fastest growing areas in Otolaryngology today is sleep medicine. More than one third of all adults and children with sleep disorders present initially to an otolaryngologist for diagnosis and treatment, but there is a paucity of available educational material written from and for the ENT perspective.

Designed for clinicians, residents, and otolaryngologists wanting to sit for the American Board of Medical Specialties: conjoint Board Certification in Sleep Medicine which, on implementation in 2007, allowed Board Certified Pediatricians, Otolaryngologists, Neurologist/Psychiatrists and Pulmonologists to sit for the exam, this new book was put together by 2 of the only 49 Otolaryngologists who were board certified in sleep disorders in 2008.

Sleep Medicine features chapters from experts in other related fields, provides materials necessary to practice sleep medicine, covering the basics of both adult and pediatric sleep medicine as it applies to the clinical practice of Otolaryngology. It is the only book to provide an in-depth review of clinical sleep medicine with coverage of sleep testing modalities and to focus on the clinical sleep disorders that an otolaryngologist is likely to see in the office.

The evaluation, including history, examination and testing, are detailed with clinical examples; Treatment options, including Positive Airway Pressure, Mandibular Advancement Devices and Surgical Treatments are discussed with regard to efficacy, patient selection and appropriate follow-up; and an extended section focuses on the evaluation of the sleepy or fatigued patient, a group frequently seen by otolaryngologists with etiologies possibly due to causes other than obstructive sleep apnea.

From the foreword:
"Sleep Medicine will be the only clinical sleep disorders book that will be extremely useful to Otolaryngologists practicing sleep medicine or desiring to learn the clinical aspects of sleep medicine. This will be a welcome addition to the sleep medicine arsenal of literature and useful to other practitioners who are looking for a no-frills textbook that is primarily focused on the evaluation and therapy of patients with sleep disorders. Although there are several chapters addressing various therapeutic and surgical approaches to the patient with sleep disordered breathing, do not think this is only useful for an otolaryngologist! This will be a very handy clinical reference manual since the editors took extra care to make sure this book also represents the multidisciplinary scope of the field."
-Teri J. Barkoukis, MD, FCCP, FAASM


  • Edward Grandi, Executive Director, American Sleep Apnea Association, review (December 2010):
    "The volume "Sleep Medicine" by doctors Yaremchuk and Wardrop is an excellent addition to the medical literature on the subject of sleep apnea. Written by otolaryngologists primarly for otolargngologists, it provides a comprehensive overview of the sleep, sleep disorders and the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. In addtion to addressing the surgical interventions for the condition, the text also provides information on the other treatment modalities - Positive Airway Pressure (PAP), Oral Appliances and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The added section on pediatric sleep disorders is also very useful in treating sleep apnea in children. "Sleep Medicine" is a valuable resource for the ENT surgeon interested in recognizing and treating sleep apnea in adults and children."

  • Dennis Rosen, MD, JAMA (2/16/11):
    "ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE ASPECTS OF PRACTICING SLEEP medicine, aside from helping patients overcome problems that significantly affect their quality of life, is its interdisciplinary nature. Because sleep medicine is a relatively new field, it has attracted practitioners from a variety of specialties specialties: pediatrics, internal medicine, pulmonology, psychiatry,psychology, otolaryngology, neurology, maxillofacial surgery,and dentistry. In each of these disciplines, patients and their conditions are approached from different angles, and using the varying perspectives on how to diagnose and treat the different disorders not only reveals what may have been overlooked but also complements and enriches the treatments prescribed. This is what makes sleep medicine conferences so interesting: one learns of advances in the field as well as new ways of approaching old problems. This applies to published material as well. Sleep Medicine, edited by otolaryngology sleep specialists Kathleen Yaremchuk and Pell Ann Wardrop, and with many chapters written by other otolaryngology sleep specialists, is a perfect example. A large portion of the book is dedicated to the thorough examination of the upper airway of patients suspected of having obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and to describing in detail many of the treatment options for that condition, specifically many of the surgical interventions that can be used when other approaches are unsuccessful. However, this is by no means the sole focus of the book, which succeeds in providing a comprehensive overview of sleep disorders as well as their evaluation,diagnosis, and treatment. The in-depth examination of surgical alternatives to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) as treatment for OSA is especially valuable when one considers that studies have shown that only 50% of patients prescribed CPAP actually use it on a regular basis. Thus, this resource, which presents these alternatives and includes illustrations and explanations of the surgical techniques, enables the nonsurgical sleep specialist to understand and then present them to patients unable to tolerate CPAP who need a different solution for their OSA. This in turn allows patients to make informed decisions about which options to pursue - especially important when this involves specialty care that may not be available in their own geographic area. The user-friendly text is easy to read and includes many photographs and diagrams as well as tools that can be used in practice. One example is the Kentucky positive airway pressure questionnaire, which appears in the chapter on the role of psychology in the treatment of sleep disorders and which underscores the importance of integrating multiple disciplines to successfully treat patients. A good portion of the book is also dedicated to pediatric sleep disorders, including not only OSA but many of the other sleep problems encountered in children, such as behavioral insomnia of childhood. Because textbooks addressing disorders that span the entire life span often overlook the unique aspects of the pediatric patient, it is satisfying to see this area of sleep medicine covered so prominently. Because Sleep Medicine provides such a good overview of the field as a whole, it will be useful for family and pediatric physicians as well as nurse practitioners. And because of the exceptionally detailed and well-presented overview of the structural and mechanical aspects of the upper air-way, how these aspects contribute to the development of OSA, and the thoroughness with which the different treatment options are discussed, this text will likewise prove to be an excellent resource for trainees as well as practicing specialists in sleep medicine."

  • Steven Y. Park, MD, Annals of Otology, Rhinology, & Laryngology (2012):
    "...the book covers all major areas of sleep medicine thoroughly and succinctly. The chapters are relatively short, easy to read, and filled with practical information on every page. There are numerous tables, charts, and illustrations that are clear and easy to interpret."


Details: 446 pages, Color Illustrations (2 Color), Softcover, 7 x 10"
ISBN13: 978-1-59756-355-0
Release Date: 08/01/2010