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By Augusta Ear Nose and Throat
July 23, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep ApneaSome people minimize the need for regular sleep, believing that the need for long hours of hard work is more important. But sleep is crucial to your good health, wellbeing, and ability to perform well at your job. A condition called sleep apnea is a common reason why some patients have trouble getting sufficient sleep. Get the help you need from an ear nose and throat doctor at Augusta ENT in Evans and August, GA, and Aiken, SC.

Why Sleep Is Important
When you are sleeping and the body is in a state of relaxation, it repairs and restores itself. Cells are replenished throughout the body that will allow you to think clearly, successfully do your daily tasks, and have the energy for physical activity. Getting proper sleep is essential if you want to protect your short and long-term memory. Sleep deficiency is a factor in a number of common health conditions including cardiovascular and heart disease and may contribute to depression. According to the CDC, the average adult needs at least seven hours of sleep each night.

How Sleep Apnea Disrupts Your Life
Sleep apnea is a disorder that quietly and silently disrupts your ability to sleep. You may fall asleep normally at first, but you’ll wake up dozens of times in the middle of the night without knowing what is happening. This is usually caused by soft tissue obstructing the airway while you sleep. Sleep apnea causes loud snoring, which is often the only symptom besides unexplained fatigue. It's important to seek treatment by your Evans, August, and Aiken ENT if you suspect that you may have this condition.

Sleep Apnea Solutions
To successfully treat sleep apnea, the blockage has to be cleared so that when you lay down you can still breathe comfortably. Treatments include:

- A mouthpiece that adjusts the jaw.
- CPAP therapy (a mask that aids in comfortable breathing).
- Pillar Procedure (a filament that stiffens the soft tissue that’s causing the blockage).
- Uvulectomy (removal of the uvula).
- Somnoplasty (tissue behind the tongue and in the nasal cavity is shrunk using radio signals).
- Surgery to remove excess soft tissue.

Sleep More Soundly
If you’ve been struggling with the effects of sleep apnea, relax knowing that multiple solutions are available. Call (706) 868-5676 today to schedule an appointment at Augusta ENT in Evans and Augusta, GA, or (803) 649-0003 for a doctor at the Aiken, SC, office.

By Augusta Ear Nose and Throat
September 11, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: sleep apnea  

Even those with sleep apnea can get restorative sleep.sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that can really affect not only your quality of sleep but also how you feel throughout the day. Even if you get a full night’s rest you wake up feeling extremely groggy. You may have to drag yourself out of bed. You feel like there isn’t enough coffee in the world to get you through the day. This is a day in the life of someone with sleep apnea. If you have been diagnosed with sleep by one of our Augusta, GA, otolaryngologists, discover the best treatment options to help you get your beauty sleep.

Once you’ve visited a doctor for a proper diagnosis here are just some of the ways we will help you address your sleep apnea symptoms for the long term:

Lifestyle Modifications

Maybe you didn’t realize that certain habits or health factors could make your sleep apnea symptoms worse. One of the best things you can do is maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight or obese it’s important that you find ways to reduce your weight to take pressure off the airways of the throat.

Also, it’s important to avoid alcohol, which can cause the muscles in the throat to relax too much and lead to obstructions while you sleep.

CPAP Therapy

CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is a special device that delivers continuous air through a facemask. The facemask is worn while you are asleep and provides just enough pressure to keep the airways open and unobstructed throughout the night. This is the most common treatment option for the management of sleep apnea. There are many different styles and types of CPAP equipment and our Augusta, GA, ENT doctors will be able to help you determine which one is right for you when you come in for a consultation.

An Oral Device

If you are only dealing with minor or moderate sleep apnea and snoring then you may be able to manage your symptoms with a simple, customized oral device alone. This device is custom-made to fit your mouth and will work in either two ways: to prevent the tongue from obstructing your airways or by repositioning the jaws forward. When you come into our office for your appointment we will be able to determine if this simple device is all you need.

If you are looking for a way to treat your sleep apnea then it’s time to turn to the ENT specialists at Augusta Ear, Nose and Throat. They offer convenient locations in Augusta, and Evans, GA, and Aiken, SC. Find out how we can help you get the sleep you need.

By Augusta ENT
November 15, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep disorders can leave you feeling exhausted and irritable. Unfortunately, sleep apnea can leave you with much more complex sleep apneaproblems than just these. Since it occurs while asleep, sleep apnea can prove to be difficult to diagnose. However, learning the signs of symptoms of sleep apnea can help you seek treatment before the condition develops into something more serious. Learn more about sleep apnea with your doctors at Augusta Ear, Nose, and Throat in Evans, Thompson and Augusta, GA.

What is sleep apnea? 
Sleep apnea causes apneas, or pauses in breathing while sleeping. This dangerous condition could have severe consequences if left untreated. However, sleep apnea is treatable with help from your Augusta, Evans and Aiken ear, nose, and throat doctor. The most common type of sleep apnea, obtrusive sleep apnea or OSA, occurs when an obstruction blocks the airway, causing an apnea. Central sleep apnea, shortened to CSA, occurs when there is a complication between your brain and the signals which command your lungs to breathe. Sometimes, patients suffer from both OSA and CSA, known as complex sleep apnea.

Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea occurs while you sleep which sometimes makes diagnosis difficult. Your bed partner may notice your symptoms before you do. If you suffer from one or more of the following, you may suffer from sleep apnea:

  • excessive snoring
  • waking gasping or short of breath
  • morning headaches
  • insomnia
  • daytime sleepiness
  • a sore or dry throat upon waking
  • irritability

Your bed partner may notice one or more of the following:

  • pauses in breathing during sleep
  • waking up due to your loud snoring
  • gasping or sputtering for breath

If you think you may have sleep apnea, you should contact your doctor at Augusta Ear, Nose, and Throat immediately.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Evans, Thompson and Augusta 
The leading treatment for sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure machine, called a CPAP machine for short. The machine has a mask which patients wear over their nose and mouth. The mask and machine work together to send a stream of air through the airway, ensuring it stays open while you sleep. Most patients report that they experience immediate results upon their first time using the machine.

For more information on sleep apnea, please contact your ear, nose, and throat doctors at Augusta Ear, Nose, and Throat in Evans, Thompson and Augusta, GA. Call to schedule your appointment today!