Physician Detail

Carl William Moeller, MD

Practice

Connecticut Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PC

Specialty

Head & Neck Surgery < Accepting new patients for this specialty
Otolaryngology, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Allergies, Ear, Nose & Throat, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Head & Neck Cancers, Hearing Loss, Inspire Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Nasal Surgery, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Otology, Pediatric Otology, Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Sinus Disease, Stapedectomy, Thyroid Surgery

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/CarlMoeller

Phone

860.493.1950

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Gender
Male

Languages
English


Office Locations


  • Connecticut Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PC

    85 Seymour Street
    Suite 318
    Hartford, CT 06106
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    Phone: 860.493.1950
    Fax: 860.493.1961

  • Connecticut Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PC

    988 Silas Deane Highway
    Wethersfield, CT 06109
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    Phone: 860.493.1950
    Fax: 860.493.1961


Bio

Dr. Moeller has a clinical interest in all facets of adult and pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders with a particular interest in allergic and sinus disorders, parotid gland tumors, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, obstructive sleep apnea and head and neck cancer.

He was born and raised in the north suburbs of Chicago and while at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, he met his wife, Sarah, who was raised in Wethersfield.

IF YOU SUFFER FROM SLEEP APNEA AND THE C-PAP MACHINE DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU…THIS MAY HELP…DOCTORS AT HARTFORD HOSPITAL ARE USING AN IMPLANTABLE DEVICE TO TREAT MODERATE TO SEVERE OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA. JOINING US IS DR. CARL MOELLER AN EARS, NOSE, AND THROAT SPECIALIST AT HARTFORD HOSPITAL TO EXPLAIN MORE…

Q. FIRST, WHAT IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA?

A. Obstructive sleep apnea is collapse of the tissue in the throat during sleep, blocking the airway, and temporarily disrupting breathing. Sleep apnea causes snoring and excessive sleepiness and, over the long term, increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, traffic accidents and cardiac arrest. We typically treat sleep apnea with CPAP, which is a mask that blows air into the nose and throat, preventing obstruction. However, a large percentage of patients don't tolerate CPAP very well, upwards of 50% in many studies.

Q. TELL US ABOUT THIS IMPLANTABLE DEVICE? WILL THIS HELP WITH SNORING?

A. The Inspire hypoglossal nerve stimulator is a small implantable device for the treatment of sleep apnea. A sensor in the chest wall senses when the patient is attempting to take a breath then sends a gentle stimulation to the nerve that controls the tongue, preventing an obstruction. We see a significant improvement in the overall severity of sleep apnea, with a 78% reduction in the number of obstructive events per hour, even three years after implantation. Additionally, 80% of implant patients' bed partners reports soft or no snoring three years following surgery.

Q. WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE SURGICAL PROCEDURE AND THE RECOVERY TIME?

A. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and involves three incisions; a generator below the collar bone, an electrode around the nerve that controls the tongue, and sensor in the muscles between the ribs.

Patients typically go home the same day or next day following surgery. Pain is typically mild and the patient may return to normal activity after a few days. The device is activated after one month and the patient undergoes a sleep study two months after surgery to ensure the device is relieving the obstruction.

Q. IS THERE A SPECIFIC CRITERIA PATIENTS MUST MEET TO QUALIFY FOR THIS TYPE OF PROCEDURE?

A. The indications for hypoglossal nerve stimulation include failure or refusal to use CPAP, moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (based on the number of times the patient stops breathing per hour, and lack of obesity, (body mass index less than 32). If the patient meets those criteria, we perform a brief airway evaluation under anesthesia to determine if they are a good candidate.

THIS SOUNDS HOPEFUL FOR MANY PATIENTS…IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROCEDURE CALL 1-855-HHC-HERE.

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Education

Medical School

  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine 2006 MD

Residency

  • Loyola University Medical Center 2011

Undergraduate

  • College of The Holy Cross 2001

Faculty Appointments

University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Clinical Associate

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Otolaryngology Allergy
American Medical Association
Connecticut ENT Society


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