Many adults snore; some awake suddenly during the night choking and gasping for air. If this is a recurring problem, you may suffer from sleep apnea, a serious ENT disorder that should be discussed with an ear, nose and throat doctor. The symptoms of chronic snoring & sleep apnea are fatigue, sleepiness, irritability, and decrease in sex drive, lack of focus, poor concentration, and waking frequently during the night. Our ENT doctors can listen to your complaints and make a diagnosis as to whether your interrupted sleep may require nasal or throat surgery to correct the physical causes.
Do you or a loved one snore?
Snoring is the sound made by obstructed airflow during sleep. The sound may be soft or loud and unpleasant. The airflow restriction is usually located in the throat or, less commonly, the nose. Loud snoring can also be a sign of "sleep apnea." Sleep apnea occurs when the airflow obstruction is so great that the throat completely closes off and breathing stops during sleep. Sleep apnea is a very serious problem that is known to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious ENT problem and causes dangerous health risks for patients who are tormented by the disorder. Chronic snoring and sleep apnea in pediatric patients has been linked to aggressive behavior at school and at home. Corrective ENT surgery for pediatric sleep apnea aims to surgically remove inflamed tonsils (tonsillectomy) and remove the adenoids (adenoidectomy), eliminating a lot of the soft tissue that was restricting the airway. We specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. If you would like help with your snoring or sleep apnea problem, make an appointment today.