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By Richard Nass, M.D.
May 08, 2018
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea   Snoring  

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, habitual snoring occurs in about 40% of men and 24% of women. This issue is sleep apnea, snoringcommon but, in some cases, can be the sign of a more complex medical condition. Snoring is one of the most obvious and prevalent symptoms of sleep apnea, a condition which can seriously affect one’s quality of nighttime sleep. Find out more about sleep apnea and what it means for you with your ear, nose, and throat doctor, Dr. Richard Nass with office locations in Manhattan, New York, NY, and East Hampton, NY.

What is sleep apnea? 
Sleep apnea causes patients to temporarily stop breathing while asleep. Obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs due to an obstruction of the airway which causes it to collapse. OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs due to the signals from the brain which tell the lungs to breathe become disrupted and often happens after other issues like stroke or heart failure.

Do I have sleep apnea? 
The most obvious sign of sleep apnea is snoring, but there are some other tell-tale signs of this condition. Some common issues caused by sleep apnea include:

  • awakening abruptly, often accompanied by gasping for or shortness of breath
  • insomnia
  • chest pain at night
  • morning headaches
  • excessive daytime sleepiness
  • apneas, or short pauses in breathing while asleep

How is sleep apnea diagnosed? 
There is no one objective test to determine if you have sleep apnea. Those who suspect they suffer from sleep apnea undergo a sleep test, which takes place in a laboratory setting and allows technicians to observe the body’s functions while sleeping. The test can accurately observe the body’s reactions to sleep and determine if you suffer from this condition.

Treating Sleep Apnea in Manhattan and East Hampton
Treating sleep apnea depends on the patient, the severity of their condition, and their lifestyle. A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is commonly used to treat sleep apnea. This machine blows a gentle stream of air into the airway to keep it open. However, other individuals may benefit from a dental appliance to treat OSA. Some mild cases may benefit from simple lifestyle changes like changing sleeping position or losing weight. In more severe cases, surgery may be needed.

For more information on sleep apnea or its treatments, please contact Dr. Nass with office locations in Manhattan, New York, NY, and East Hampton, NY. Call (212) 734-4515 to schedule your appointment in Manhattan or (631) 324-4900 to schedule your appointment in East Hampton.

By Richard Nass, M.D
August 10, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea   Snoring  

Your snoring may be something called sleep apnea. Dr. Richard Nass can help you find out and help you treat it. sleep apnea

Many people snore when they sleep, but sometimes your snoring may be so loud that your partner complains. And if you snore and also find yourself exhausted during the day, even if you've gotten a full night's sleep, you may have sleep apnea. Dr. Richard Nass is here to help you find out if it's just snoring or it's sleep apnea. 

What is sleep apnea?

Some people may be loud snorers, but we have discovered that snoring is also a symptom of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which your airways are blocked while you sleep. This reduces the amount of oxygen you get, and that means less oxygen gets to your brain and the rest of your body. Sleep apnea can be dangerous to your overall health.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is waking up feeling tired no matter how much sleep you get. This daytime fatigue is extreme and will often continue throughout the morning and into the afternoon. You may find it more difficult to concentrate on work or school. People with sleep apnea are also prone to accidents or injuries because they are always tired. 

Sleep apnea can also cause you to wake up during the night feeling like you're gasping for air. You may also wake up with a dry or sore throat, or notice that you are more irritable and forgetful. If you have any of these symptoms, you might have sleep apnea, and that's when it's time to make an appointment to visit Dr. Richard Nass in Manhattan. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious long-term health problems.

How can Dr. Richard Nass help me sleep better?

Dr. RIchard Nass is a sleep apnea expert who can diagnose your condition. And if you've already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and want a customized treatment plan that will get your symptoms under control and help you sleep better, Dr. Richard Nass can help you treat it. Depending on the severity of your condition and the causes of your sleep apnea (such as structural problems in your nose or throat) Dr. Richard Nass will come up with the right treatment. 

Common treatments that Dr. Richard Nass recommends for sleep apnea include CPAP, dental appliances, weight loss programs, and other lifestyle changes. Some or all of these can help you manage your sleep apnea. Sometimes the treatment of sleep apnea requires surgery, and Dr. Richard Nass is recognized as one of the top surgeons in the field of sinuses and sleep apnea.

Call Dr. Richard Nass at his Manhattan office today and find out if it's just snoring or sleep apnea. And if you already know you have sleep apnea, call Dr. Richard Nass so you can get your sleep apnea under control.

By Richard Nass, M.D.
December 15, 2016
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea doesn't have to affect the quality of your life. Dr. Richard Nass, your Manhattan, NY ear, nose and throat sleep apneadoctor, explains how he can help you find relief for your symptoms.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea happens due to an airflow disruption. It can occur if your throat muscles relax and close when you sleep or if your tongue falls back into your airway during the night. The problem can also be caused by structural abnormalities in your nose, mouth or throat that impede normal airflow.

Why is sleep apnea a problem?

Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing multiple times during the night for periods of 10 seconds or longer. Not surprisingly, many people who have the condition feel tired during the day and have trouble concentrating. Fatigue isn't the only issue when you have sleep apnea. Breathing pauses can raise your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. Snoring, which often occurs when you have sleep apnea, not only disrupts your sleep but also makes it difficult for the people who live with you to sleep.

How is sleep apnea treated in Manhattan?

If a sleep study reveals that you have sleep apnea, Dr. Nass may recommend one of these treatments or lifestyle modifications:

  • Weight Loss: If you're overweight, losing a few pounds can help. Fat tends to form around your airway when you're overweight, which can contribute to sleep apnea.
  • Avoiding Cigarettes and Alcohol: Alcohol causes the muscles in your airway to relax, while smoking causes them to swell.
  • Dental Appliances: Special dental appliances, worn at night, move your jaw forward and prevent your tongue from falling back into your airway.
  • CPAP Machine: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines have helped many people overcome sleep apnea. When you sleep, you'll wear a special mask that forces a steady stream of air into your airway, preventing it from collapsing.
  • Surgery: If your problem is caused by a structural abnormality, surgery may be recommended to ease your sleep apnea symptoms.

To learn more about Sleep Apnea in New York City call Dr. Richard Nass M.D. at 212-734-4515 or book an appointment online.

By Richard Nass, M.D.
August 17, 2016
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea can affect men, women, and children of all ages. Characterized by frequent pauses in breathing while you sleep, it can sleep apnealead to a host of serious health complications if it goes undetected or untreated. Here are a few common signs that you might be suffering from sleep apnea.

6 Signs You Might Have Sleep Apnea

1. You find yourself excessively irritable, fatigued, or foggy-feeling throughout the day. This could be a sign of poor oxygenation while you sleep, which prevents your body from recharging properly and slowly drains your mental and physical sharpness.

2. Your family or roommates are concerned about your snoring. Snoring is not always associated with sleep apnea, but it is a common symptom--especially if your snoring stops for several seconds or minutes, then begins again suddenly with a gasping or choking sound.

3. You wake during the night feeling like you’re choking. This is a sign that your breathing might have stopped while you were sleeping, so your body is desperately needing to breathe by the time you wake up.

4. You wake up with a headache. A good night’s sleep should relieve an aching head, not cause it. Headaches upon waking can mean that your brain isn’t receiving enough oxygen while you sleep.

5. You are overweight. Being overweight is a known risk factor for sleep apnea. Particularly if your neck circumference is greater than 16 inches for women or 17 inches for men, you’re at higher risk for sleep apnea due to a buildup of fatty tissue around your throat.

6. You have high blood pressure. High blood pressure is linked to sleep apnea. When you aren’t receiving adequate oxygen during sleep, your body must try harder to oxygenate all the tissues. This results in a rise in blood pressure that can persist as a chronic health condition.

Keep in mind that the below symptoms are just examples, and there are several different types of sleep apnea with different characteristics. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment with your Manhattan ENT as soon as possible.

Manhattan Sleep Apnea Treatment

Above are just a few of the many possible symptoms and risk factors for sleep apnea. If you think that you or someone you know might have sleep apnea, don’t delay in finding out for sure--your health depends on it. For sleep apnea treatment in Manhattan, schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Nass or call (212) 734-4515 today.

By Dr. Richard Nass M.D.
August 10, 2015
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Snoring affects many people all over the world. It is oftentimes a nuisance not only to the sufferer, but to their partner as well. Sometimes, when snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder, it is more than just a nuisance.Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder, distinguished by pauses in breathing and/or shallow or stoppage of breathing while sleeping. There are three forms of Sleep Apnea:

  • Obstructive (OSA): The most common form of Sleep Apnea, occurring in about 12 million Americans, OSA is caused by an obstruction to the airway, such as when the muscles at the back of the throat relax to the point of not allowing breath into the airway. Apneas, or pauses in breathing, typically last from 20 to 40 seconds.
  • Central (CSA): Breathing lessens or stops, usually lasting in episodes from 10 to 30 seconds, causing lowered saturation in blood oxygen levels. This is caused by the brain’s centers that control respiratory functions being imbalanced and failing to transmit the signals to the body needed for breathing, rather than by physical abnormalities. CSA is much less common than OSA.
  • Complex/Mixed: This condition occurs when OSA is treated using positive airway pressure, and the OSA symptoms become symptoms of CSA rather than resolving.

What are the symptoms of Sleep Apnea? 
While sleep apnea is common, it can be frustrating and scary. While not everyone who suffers from Sleep Apnea experiences every symptom, they may struggle with:

  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Slowed reaction times
  • Loud snoring
  • Pauses in breathing while sleeping
  • Waking abruptly, usually with shortness of breath
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches in the morning

Though Sleep Apnea can affect anyone, men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea than women. Being overweight, having a naturally narrow airway, smoking and using alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers all contribute to Sleep Apnea.

How is Sleep Apnea treated? 
Sometimes, when the condition is mild, lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or losing weight can be effective in treating Sleep Apnea. In more severe cases, CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is beneficial. A machine is used to regulate air pressure to keep the passageways open and to prevent apneas and snoring. This is the most common treatment. EPAP, or expiratory positive airway pressure, is a treatment achieved by using a small device placed over the nostrils while sleeping. The air can be inhaled freely, but must be exhaled through small holes in the device, creating higher air pressure and opening the airway.

In the most severe cases that cannot be treated by appliances, surgery is needed, and can include removing tissue in an obstructed airway, repositioning the jaw, or even creating a new airway in the form of a tracheotomy.

Dr. Richard Nass is an accomplished Ear Nose and Throat doctor, with offices in New York City, NY. He is dedicated to providing professional, compassionate care to all of his patients. Visit to schedule a consultation today.