Posts for tag: Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders and yet it’s one that isn’t as often diagnosed since most people don’t even know that they have it. When someone has sleep apnea the airways collapse multiple times throughout the night. As a result, this causes interrupted breathing. Since not enough oxygen is getting to the brain you can imagine the many health issues this problem could cause if left untreated.
So, what are some telltale signs that you have sleep apnea?
One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is loud snoring. While not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, most sleep apnea sufferers are also frequent snorers. Along with snoring, your partner may also notice that you might gasp for air in the middle of the night or that your breathing is paused.
The sleep apnea sufferer will complain of extreme fatigue throughout the day. Even if you get enough sleep you may still find it difficult to get out of bed (or you may experience headaches in the morning). While most people feel tired at some point during the day, a true sleep apnea sufferer has intense exhaustion that doesn’t seem to let up.
Sleep apnea can make it more difficult for you to concentrate. You may find that you aren’t able to complete work as efficiently as you should. You may nod off at your desk or while driving home from work. Sleep apnea can be dangerous because it can increase your risk of injury.
How is sleep apnea treated?
It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent health complications and other issues from happening. The most common treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP therapy. By placing this facemask over your nose and mouth as you sleep, it provides enough air pressure to keep the airways open and to prevent them from collapsing. This is the number one treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea.
Of course, sometimes an oral appliance device is all that you need if you only have minor or moderate sleep apnea. This device is custom-made to fit your mouth and can be used on its own or along with CPAP therapy to help you enjoy a better night’s sleep.
If you think you might have sleep apnea it’s important that you get this evaluated as soon as possible. Talk to our ENT doctor about how we can help you.
At some point in your lifetime, you may end up dealing with symptoms or issues that affect your ears, nose or throat. While some people may exhibit obvious symptoms this doesn’t mean that everyone will. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what’s going on with your ear, nose and throat health. Here are just some of the most common ENT problems and how they are addressed.
This is by far the most common ENT problem that a doctor will diagnose and treat. While ear infections are more likely to develop in young children, people of all ages can develop this infection. One of the classic symptoms of an ear infection is ear pain, discharge, muffled or reduced hearing, and a red, inflamed ear. If you are experiencing an earache, it’s important that you visit your otolaryngologist. Not treating an ear infection could lead to serious long-term complications.
Many people will face a sinus infection at some point during their lifetime, but most of the time it will be completely innocuous and self-limiting. Of course, you may need help managing your symptoms or making sure that the symptoms you are experiencing are truly due to a sinus infection and not something else.
While a sinus infection can easily be diagnosed just by going through the symptoms you are experiencing, we may also need to perform an endoscopy to be able to look inside the nasal passageways to determine if there is a blockage. While sinus infections will often go away on their own, there is the possibility that you may face chronic sinusitis (which lasts more than 12 weeks and doesn’t respond to self-care measure). If this happens it’s important that you turn to your doctor for help.
This infection leads to painful, inflamed tonsils (the tissue in the back of the throat). While a sore throat may also be the result of a viral infection, if you are faced with a severe sore throat that doesn’t go away, it’s important that you visit an ENT doctor who can provide a proper diagnosis. Just by swabbing the back of the throat and looking for the presence of streptococcal bacteria, an ENT specialist can easily diagnose strep throat. If we detect strep throat, you will be prescribed a round of antibiotics to kill the bad bacteria.
Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially dangerous sleep condition that causes a person to stop breathing many times while asleep. Some people can experience hundreds of breathing cessations throughout one evening. Those with sleep apnea find themselves extremely exhausted when first waking up (even if they got enough sleep) and may struggle to get through the day. Sleep apnea can also lead to serious health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure or stroke if left untreated. If you are a loud snorer if you wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air, if you wake up with headaches or if you find yourself feeling excessively tired throughout the day then it’s time to see a specialist.
Whether you are experiencing symptoms or you just have questions about ENT health, it’s time to turn to an otolaryngologist who can answer all of your questions and prevent, diagnose and even treat a host of ENT issues.
Though sleep apnea is often considered an adult’s disease, it can also occur in children. This potentially dangerous condition is treatable with help from your child’s ear, nose, and throat doctor. Does your child have sleep apnea? Learn the symptoms and signs of sleep apnea with your child’s doctors and audiologists at Children’s Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy in Orlando and Maitland, FL.
What is obtrusive sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition which causes patients to breathe shallowly or temporarily stop breathing altogether while asleep. These pauses in breathing, called apneas, come from a blockage of the airway, often the back of the tongue. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 18 million American adults suffer from sleep apnea. However, children’s numbers are more vague, with an estimated prevalence of about 2-3%. Children who suffer from sleep apnea may also notice daytime symptoms.
Does my child have sleep apnea?
The most common sign of sleep apnea, whether in children or adults, is snoring. While obesity contributes to most cases of adult sleep apnea, children who have sleep apnea often suffer from enlarged tonsils. Some other common symptoms include:
- poor attention span
- mouth breathing
- poor performance at school
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- pauses in breathing during sleep (apneas)
How can my Orlando and Maitland ENT doctor help my child’s sleep apnea?
Treating childhood sleep apnea depends on the severity of the condition and the child themselves. Often, the underlying issue causing the condition is enlarged tonsils or adenoids. In this case, surgery to remove these tissues is often enough to correct the problem and reverse the symptoms of sleep apnea. However, children who attribute sleep apnea to obesity benefit more from lifestyle changes and learning to effectively manage their weight. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines, which keep the airway open and clear using air pressure, or oral dental appliances to help shift the jaw to eliminate the obstruction may also benefit children with sleep apnea.
For more information on pediatric sleep apnea, please contact your child’s doctors and audiologists at Children’s Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy with locations in Orlando and Maitland, FL. Call (407) 253-1000 to schedule your appointment at any of our offices today!