Are You Dealing With Sleep Apnea?

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
November 13, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Find out the best treatment options for addressing your sleep apnea.

It is estimated that around 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and that as many as 80 percent of those with moderate to severe sleep apneasleep apnea are undiagnosed. If left untreated this sleep disorder won’t just affect your academic or work performance but also your health, increasing your risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea our otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz in Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point and Munster, IN can help.
 

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Here are some of the common warning signs that you or your partner might have obstructive sleep apnea,

  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Extreme daytime fatigue and sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sore, dry throats in the morning
  • Waking up gasping or choking in the middle of the night
  • Mental fog and poor memory
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Restless sleep

If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea it’s important that you see our ENT doctor as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis. While snoring is a classic sign of sleep apnea, not all snorers have sleep apnea. The sooner you get the treatment you need to get your sleep apnea under control the better.
 

Treating Sleep Apnea

The treatment plan that our otolaryngologist will map out for you will depend on the severity of your sleep apnea. The most common treatment option is CPAP therapy (continuous positive airway pressure), in which a mask is worn over the face to deliver the right amount of pressurized air to keep the passages open and free of obstructions while you sleep.

There are also certain lifestyle modifications that you can make to improve your symptoms. These changes include,

  • Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding alcohol and sedatives
  • Quitting smoking
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Sleeping on your side

There are also procedures that can be performed to remove excess tissue in the back of the throat to prevent airway obstructions. These procedures include Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), thermal ablation, and genioglossus and hyoid advancement. Those with mild sleep apnea may be able to alleviate symptoms with a simple custom oral appliance worn during sleep. During your consultation, our ENT doctor would be happy to go over the different treatment options available to you.

Are you looking for a doctor in Munster and Crown Point, IN, or Olympia Fields, IL, who can treat your sleep apnea? Rest assured that Dr. Katz and his team can help you get the proper care you need for better sleep night after night. Call us today to schedule a consultation. Call (708) 747-6900 for the Olympia Fields, IL, office, (219) 769-8441 for the Crown Point, IN, office, or (219) 934-9396 for the Munster, IN, office.

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