The background: Alex was diagnosed with sleep apnea in August. He had his tonsils and adenoids out in early October which helped, but a follow up sleep study showed that he still had mild sleep apnea that turned severe during his REM cycle.
The present: We were referred to a pediatric ENT who specializes in sleep apnea and saw him last week. His plan is to knock Alex out, go in, and check the flap that covers his voice box - apparently the "hinges" on some people's flap are shorter than normal, and when he's knocked out they'll have a pretty accurate picture of what it looks like when he sleeps. If it turns out that the hinges are indeed shorter, he'll clip them while he's in there. He'll also check the set of tonsils by the voice box and if they're enlarged, put him on high doses of Prilosec, as acid reflux can cause them to enlarge, thus making breathing harder.
The good news is that assuming they have to do the actual clipping, it's a pretty straightforward and easy procedure, and the recovery time is only 3-4 days (vs a week and a half for a tonsillectomy).
Has anyone else dealt with this? Was it successful? If not, what further steps were taken?