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By Richard Nass, M.D.
December 26, 2019
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Your ENT specialist, Dr. Richard Nass, treats sleep apnea and its associated snoring in his Manhattan office. This prevalent and often harmful sleep disorder affects literally millions of adults. If you're snoring and sleep apnea symptoms, let Dr. Nass check it out so that you can sleep well and enjoy better health.

What is sleep apnea?

The National Sleep Foundation explains sleep apnea as a medical issue in which breathing ceases repeatedly and briefly as you sleep at night or even as you take a nap. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is the most common type. It happens as the tissues at the back of the mouth and throat relax and close off the airway.

Another type is Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, characterized by miscommunication between the brain and the respiratory system. Mixed sleep apnea melds features of both.

Sleep apnea affects people of both genders, crosses socioeconomic lines as well as age differences. However, men over 40 seem more prone to develop the condition, as do individuals who are overweight, have larger neck sizes and have close relatives with the disorder, reports the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

What are the signs you may have sleep apnea?

Signs you have this sleep disorder are:

  • Loud snoring that disturbs your spouse and other members of the household
  • Insomnia
  • Breathing cessation as you sleep
  • Memory loss
  • Poor concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Decreased libido

People with sleep apnea often have systemic health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, dementia, heart issues and more.

How is sleep apnea treated?

In his Manhattan office, Dr. Nass individually consults with his patients who complain of snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. He does a comprehensive ear, nose, throat, and sinus examination and frequently orders an at-home sleep study. Fully-monitored, this easy test tells Dr. Nass what happens when you sleep. Lower oxygenation, fewer respirations, changes in heart rhythm, how frequently you snore and more indicate sleep apnea.

If you have sleep apnea, Dr. Nass will work with you to control your symptoms. Therapies may include:

  • Weight loss
  • Sleeping on your side instead of your back
  • Oral appliance therapy (a bite guard worn at night to reposition the lower jaw)
  • CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure to open the airway
  • Surgery

When needed, surgery corrects problems associated with large tonsils, obstructions such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps, or other abnormalities of the nose, throat and sinuses.

Contact our Manhattan office today

Dr. Richard Ness and his staff want you to have solid sleep patterns and excellent systemic health. If you snore, please call us for a consultation: (212) 734-4515.