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By Arthur H. Katz, MD
January 31, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Snoring seems like a minor annoyance, but those loud sound effects may be a sign that you have a serious sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. ENT Dr. Arthur Katz diagnoses and treats snoring and sleep apnea at his offices in Munster and Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL.

Why do I snore?

Snoring occurs when air doesn't flow freely through your nose and the upper part of your airway. If you have a cold or another type of upper respiratory infection, snoring usually stops when you recover. It can also occur if excess tissues in your throat narrow your airway, you have large tonsils or adenoids, or your throat muscles or tongue become too relaxed when you sleep and block your airway. You may also be more likely to snore if the soft palate in the roof of your mouth or your uvula is longer than normal. The uvula is the small piece of dangling tissue you see at the back of your throat.

When is snoring dangerous?

Loud snoring is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea, although everyone who snores doesn't necessarily have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing many times during the night for several seconds at a time. The cumulative effect of those pauses deprives your body of oxygen. If you don't receive treatment for your condition, your chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and other health problems increases.

The pauses occur when your airway becomes blocked. If you ever wake up in the middle of the night gasping or choking, you may have sleep apnea. Gasping and choking are your body's attempt to restart your breathing. In addition to breathing pauses, other symptoms of sleep apnea include constant fatigue, morning headaches, weight gain, irritability, and depression.

How can a visit to my ENT help?

Your Munster, Merrillville, and Olympia Fields ENT offers treatments for both snoring and sleep apnea. Although treatment varies depending on the cause of your symptoms, it may include a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or oral appliance to keep your airway open while you sleep, minor surgery, or thermal ablation to remove excess soft tissues, or treatment to stiffen the soft palate.

Are you concerned that you may have sleep apnea? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Arthur Katz by calling (219) 934-9396 for the Munster, IN, office, (219) 769-8441 for the Merrillville, IN, office, or (708) 747-6900 for the Olympia Fields, IL, office.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
December 27, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Find out if your sleepless nights could be due to this common sleep disorder.sleep apnea

We know that lack of sleep is truly an epidemic for Americans. While bad sleep habits such as playing games on your smartphone before bed can lead to a night of tossing and turning, we also realize that sometimes there is more to it. If you find yourself waking up exhausted and spending the workday falling asleep at your desk, then you’ll want to learn more about sleep apnea from our very own Olympia Fields, IL and Merrillville and Munster, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. Arthur Katz.

What is sleep apnea?

This common sleep disorder, which affects millions of Americans, causes pauses in breath throughout the course of the night. These pauses in breath may last only a few seconds or up to a few minutes. This is why some people with sleep apnea snore loudly or even wake up feeling as if they are gasping for air.

What are some of the ramifications of having this sleep disorder?

Whether you suspect that you might have sleep apnea or you were just diagnosed by our Olympia Fields, Merrillville and Munster ENT doctor, it’s important that you get the proper treatment you need. So, what happens if you don’t treat sleep apnea?

Well, first and foremost you won’t be getting the quality sleep you deserve. As you might already know, not getting the proper sleep you need can not just lead to extreme daytime exhaustion but can lead to depression and mood swings, as well. It can ruin your concentration and greatly impact your performance at work. It can also leave you prone to work-related injuries.

As if this wasn’t enough bad news, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can also put you at risk for other health problems such as:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke

Luckily, we can help you to manage your symptoms, help you sleep better and reduce your chances of developing these health problems now or in the future. We can diagnose and provide you with the sleep apnea treatment you need to wake up finally feeling refreshed.

We offer three convenient locations in Munster and Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, to get the ear, nose and throat care you need. Whether you are plagued with severe allergies or sleep apnea, we are here to help. Call Dr. Katz today.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
May 08, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea is a common condition. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea affects more than 18 million adults in the sleep apneaUnited States. Is it affecting you? At Arthur H. Katz, MD, there is an outstanding sleep apnea treatment specialist. He has offices in Munster, IN, Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL. Watch for these five common sleep apnea symptoms.

1. Loud Snoring

One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is loud and chronic snoring. Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. Over time, the snoring can occur more often and get louder. Snoring can cause disruptions to your sleep and your partner's sleep.​

2. Pauses in Breathing

Sleep apnea causes repeated awakenings and pauses in breathing, accompanied with gasping episodes when sleeping. According to Huffington Post, pauses in breathing may occur 30 times or more per hour. Pauses in breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes. Typically, normal breathing then begins again, sometimes with a choking sound or loud snort.

3. Daytime Sleepiness

Another common symptom of sleep apnea is sleepiness during the day. You may find yourself falling asleep during the moments of the day when you are not active. People with excessive daytime sleepiness are at risk of work-related and motor vehicle accidents.​

4. Mood Swings

Feeling moody? Other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include irritability, depression, personality changes, emotional lability, or mood swings. Many people have found relief from mood swings when they address and treat their sleep apnea.​

5. Morning Headaches

Sleep apnea can cause morning headaches. These morning headaches result from significant changes within the bloodstream as a result of airway obstruction. Mild sleep apnea, however, does not usually cause morning headaches.

You can stop sleep apnea today! Call Dr. Arthur Katz to schedule an appointment in Munster, IN, Merrillville, IN, or Olympia Fields, IL. Untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous to your health, so it's important to see seek help.