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By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
September 26, 2019
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea is when your breathing stops and starts while you sleep. The most common type is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). sleep-apneaSymptoms of sleep apnea mainly happen while you sleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea include frequent pauses in breathing, loud snoring, making gasping or choking noises. Ear, Nose, Throat St Peters Balloon Sinuplasty's (offices in St. Peters, St. Louis, and Bridgeton, MO) provides comprehensive ear, nose & throat care for the patients they serve. Let's have a look at some of the treatment options for sleep apnea.

1. Lifestyle Changes: For a mild case of sleep apnea, your healthcare provider may recommend lifestyle changes, such as avoiding alcohol, quitting smoking, losing weight, and exercising. Even a small amount of weight loss may improve your symptoms. As soon as you start to do more, the risks to your health reduce, so increasing your activity levels will be very good for you. Research shows that exercise can improve sleep apnea symptoms.

2. CPAP Device: The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device is considered the gold standard treatment for sleep apnea. The CPAP device includes a mask that you wear over your nose every night. CPAP applies air pressure on a continuous basis to keep the airways open. The majority of people who use the CPAP device find immediate symptom relief and are delighted with their increased energy and mental sharpness during the day.

3. TAP Appliance: The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) is a highly effective solution for both snoring and sleep apnea. The TAP appliance is engineered for keeping your airway passages open during sleep. The device snaps firmly and comfortably over the teeth, like a retainer. According to research, the TAP appliance eliminates snoring and improves breathing in over 95 percent of patients.

4. Oxygen Therapy: Oxygen therapy is the use of oxygen as a form treatment for acute and chronic conditions. Oxygen therapy has been used as an alternative treatment in individuals with sleep apnea. The oxygen levels of the blood drop overnight due to repeated pauses in the breathing, so your doctor may give you supplemental oxygen to get things back into the normal range. Various forms of oxygen and different devices are available to deliver oxygen to your lungs while you sleep.

5. EPAP Device: Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) nasal devices provide a new therapeutic option for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. The EPAP device is placed over your nostrils before you go to sleep. The device is a valve that eutic option for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).allows air to move in, but when you exhale, air goes through small holes in the valve. This increases pressure in the airway passages and keeps it open.

6. Surgical Treatment: Surgery is usually only an option after non-surgical treatments have failed. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring. The purpose of the operation is to enlarge the airway through your throat or nose that may be blocking your airway passages and causing sleep apnea. If surgery is considered as a possible treatment, talk to your doctor about the different types of surgical procedures, the risks and benefits of the procedures and the recovery time you will need after surgery.

You have the power to manage your health. If you think you may have sleep apnea, call one of Ear, Nose, Throat St Peters Balloon Sinuplasty's offices now to schedule a consultation- St. Peters, MO- (636) 936-5002; St. Louis, MO- (314) 821-5002; Bridgeton, MO- (314) 770-0708. Remember—small steps can add up to big improvements in your health!

By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
March 13, 2019
Category: ENT Care

Sleep apnea, one of the common sleep disorders in the United States, occurs when your breathing is interrupted during sleep. Here at Ear, Nose, Throat St Peters Balloon Sinuplasty (with offices in St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis, MO, and Bridgeton, MO), we regularly diagnose and Man With Sleep Apneatreat this condition. Here are five signs that you may have sleep apnea.

1. Pauses in Breathing: Sleep apnea causes people to stop breathing during the night, with cessations lasting from a few seconds to minutes at a time. These pauses in breathing are often followed by choking or gasping noises as the body's respiratory system fights through the blockage.

2. Loud Snoring: If you have sleep apnea, there is a good chance that you may snore loudly during the night. Over time, this snoring may get louder and happen more often. Snoring can cause sleep disruptions for both you and your partner.

3. Daytime Sleepiness: Another sign of sleep apnea is excessive sleepiness during the day, especially during the moments of the day when you are not especially active. Individuals with excessive daytime sleepiness are at risk of motor vehicle crashes and occupational injuries.

4. Morning Headaches: If you often wake up with headaches, sleep apnea may be to blame. For apnea patients, the airway becomes completely or partially blocked during sleep. Because of this closure, the amount of oxygen being transported to your brain is decreased, which puts you at risk for headaches.

5. Mood Problems: Sleep apnea may cause mood swings, irritability, personality changes, and depression. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, getting screened for sleep apnea may help you to identify the root cause of your symptoms. Sleep apnea treatment can significantly improve your quality of life and mood.

Sleep apnea can harm your health. People who don’t get treated for sleep apnea face a higher risk of high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and other health problems. Don't wait—call one of our offices in St. Luke, St. Louis, or Bridgeton today to schedule an appointment.

For St. Luke's Hospital, MO, dial (314) 576-7503, for St. Louis, MO, dial (314) 821-5002, and for Bridgeton, MO, dial (314) 770-0708.

By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
October 22, 2018
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Don’t leave your sleep apnea untreated. Better quality sleep can be yours.

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes either shallow breathing or pauses in breathing while asleep. This means that not enough oxygen gets to the brain. Even milder cases of sleep apnea can increase your risk for certain health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. To prevent this from happening, it’s important that you turn to our St. Luke's Hospital, otolaryngologist Dr. Paul Burk for treatment.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

The most common symptom is frequent and loud snoring. If the snoring is bad enough to affect your partner’s sleep or if you find yourself snoring no matter what position you sleep in then your snoring could be due to sleep apnea.

Besides snoring, those with sleep apnea will wake up feeling exhausted even if they’ve gotten a full night’s rest. The exhaustion associated with sleep apnea is pretty extreme and can cause people to nod off at work or even while driving home from work. You may also find yourself experiencing:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Poor memory
  • Mood swings (e.g. increased irritability, anxiety, etc)

When should I see a doctor?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, or if your partner has been complaining about your loud and disruptive snoring then it’s a good idea to visit our St. Luke's Hospital, ENT doctor to figure out if sleep apnea is to blame. In order to make an accurate diagnosis, we will examine the nose, mouth and throat.

Through this thorough physical examination, we can determine if your snoring is due to an infection, nasal obstruction, issues with the tonsils or allergies. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, know that there are ways to manage this chronic condition.

How will an ear, nose & throat doctor treat my sleep apnea?

There are a few options for treating your sleep apnea symptoms. The first and most commonly used treatment option is CPAP therapy, which stands for continuous positive airways pressure. A nasal mask is worn while you are asleep. This mask is attached to a machine that administers just enough pressure to keep the airways open and to prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing.

If you have mild sleep apnea, a custom-made oral appliance might be all you need to manage your symptoms. This device looks similar to a night guard and it helps keep the airways open and to prevent the tongue from obstructing the throat.

Sometimes surgery is necessary to correct severe snoring or sleep apnea. The most common type of surgery is uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), in which excess tissue is removed from the throat to reduce the vibrations that cause snoring.

Whether you are currently looking for the best way to treat your sleep apnea symptoms or you are living in St. Luke's Hospital, and dealing with symptoms of sleep apnea it’s important that you have an ENT specialist who can help. Call our office today to learn more about your treatment options.