Posts for tag: Sleep Apnea
Have you ever wondered why you still feel tired after a long, full night of sleep? The problem may be sleep apnea, a condition that is not easily diagnosed. Many people don’t realize that they have sleep apnea and struggle for months or years with the effects. Learn more about the causes of this condition as well as the symptoms and treatment options with Dr. Pankaj Gupta at Wake Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists and Wake Sinus Center in Cary, NC.
Sleep Apnea Causes
Many cases of sleep apnea are caused by an obstruction in the airways that only occurs when you are sleeping. If you have a tendency to lay down in a certain way (such as on your back) or you have an excess of soft tissue in the back of your throat, that could increase the chances of sleep apnea. The muscles in the back of the throat relax when you sleep, so the soft tissue is more likely to block the airway. Patients who are overweight often struggle with this sleep disorder. In some cases, sleep apnea is hereditary and children may have this problem due to enlarged tonsils or major dental overbites. Smoking or excessive alcohol consumption could also contribute to sleep apnea symptoms.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Loud, consistent snoring is one of the clearest signs of sleep apnea. But obviously, since the patient is asleep at the time, he or she doesn’t recognize this symptom until another person says something about it. Other symptoms include:
- A tired feeling when waking in the morning.
- Fatigue throughout the day.
- Problems with memory and concentration.
- Irritability and changes in mood.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Dr. Gupta will discuss several different treatment options with you if you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea. These treatments may help:
- CPAP device (worn at night to aid normal breathing).
- An oral appliance to adjust the jaw and prevent blockages.
- Surgery to help the airways stay open, such as a tonsillectomy or repair of a deviated septum.
If you’ve recently discovered that you may be experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea, get assistance from an ENT who is familiar with this disorder. Call (919) 851-5636 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pankaj Gupta at Wake Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists and Wake Sinus Center in Cary, NC.
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.
Snoring is normally an occurrence that affects your bed partner more than yourself and is normally nothing to worry about. However, it can sometimes be the sign of a condition called sleep apnea, which, if left untreated, can turn into a severe and complicated illness. Learning the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea can help you and Dr. Pankaj Gupta diagnose and treat sleep apnea early. Find out more about sleep apnea and its treatments with Dr. Gupta at Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists & Wake Sinus Center in Cary, NC.
What is sleep apnea?
By definition, an apnea is a temporary stop in breathing. Sleep apnea occurs when someone experiences pauses in their breathing while asleep, resulting in shortness of breath, gasping, and other symptoms. Sleep apnea most commonly occurs due to an obstruction of the airway in a condition known as obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea may also occur due to mixed or failed signals between the brain and lungs which results in apneas, classified as central sleep apnea (CSA). Someone may have both types of sleep apnea, a condition known as complex sleep apnea.
Do I have sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea often goes unnoticed as its symptoms occur while the sufferer is asleep. Those who share a bed with a person with sleep apnea often notice their symptoms first. Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- pauses in breathing (apneas) during sleep
- daytime fatigue and sleepiness
- morning headaches
- morning dry mouth
- excessive snoring
- waking abruptly
- waking and gasping for breath
Treating Sleep Apnea in Cary, NC
Treating sleep apnea begins with consulting with your ear, nose, and throat specialist to determine your best treatment options. Your doctor may begin with suggesting lifestyle changes like losing weight or changing your sleeping position. Many patients benefit from a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine. The machine blows a steady stream of air through the airway to keep it from collapsing, allowing the patient to sleep soundly through the night. In persistent or severe cases, surgery may be needed.
For more information on sleep apnea, please contact Dr. Gupta at Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists & Wake Sinus Center in Cary, NC. Call (919) 851-5636 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!
Worried that your daytime exhaustion could be caused by sleep apnea? Find out!
If you have obstructive sleep apnea this is a serious sleep problem that requires immediate treatment from one of our Cary ENT Dr. Pankaj Gupta. By not getting the treatment you need not only will sleep quality be affected but you’re also more likely to experience possible complications of sleep apnea including high blood pressure, heart disease, a stroke or a car accident. Sleep apnea is fairly common and it’s important to recognize the symptoms in yourself or members of your family.
The Most Common Sleep Apnea Signs
Most of the time those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) experience loud and constant snoring. Your partner may also notice pauses in your breathing throughout the night. If you are a back sleeper your snoring will be louder than if you are on your side. Keep in mind that you don’t have to snore every night to have sleep apnea but it’s also important to know that not everyone who snores is suffering from this sleep disorder. It’s important that you see your Cary ear, nose and throat doctor for a proper evaluation.
Another obvious sign of sleep apnea is daytime exhaustion. While being tired at some point during the day isn’t that surprising for many people, sleep apnea sufferers will experience sleepiness to an extreme degree. They may find it very difficult to stay awake even while driving or working.
Other Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Even though snoring and daytime exhaustion are the two most common warning signs that you have sleep apnea, here are some other symptoms that you may experience if you suffer from this sleep disorder:
- Poor concentration
- Mood swings
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Headaches in the morning
If your child is suffering from sleep apnea you may also notice that they are more irritable or angry, that they are more hyperactive or that their performance in school has gotten worse. If you or your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms then it’s time to visit us.
Let the Cary ENT experts at Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists determine the cause of your symptoms and get you on track to better health!