Finding the Right Treatment for Your Sleep Apnea

Dr. Richard Nass, your ENT in Manhattan, NY, and East Hampton, NY can help you find the right treatment for your sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing while you sleep. It's caused by an upper-airway blockage in either your nose, throat, or mouth. When one of these is blocked, sleep apnea occurs during sleep. You may not notice this, but often a spouse or loved one is the first one to point out the problem. If you wake up frequently, wake up with headaches, or are tired during the day, you should talk to your doctor about sleep apnea.

What is the best treatment for you?

There are a number of treatments for sleep apnea. The best one for you will depend on many things. If you have a mild case of sleep apnea, some simple lifestyle changes could make a huge difference. Your doctor's recommendations may include getting more exercise and losing weight or changing your sleeping position. Smoking also irritates your upper airway, and your doctor will recommend that you quit smoking.

One of the most popular treatments for sleep apnea is the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. A CPAP machine works by supplying pressurized air to a breathing mask worn by the patient. The pressurized air flows into the throat and keeps your airway from collapsing. CPAP therapy is very effective, but some patients find the mask uncomfortable and the machine requires regular cleaning and maintenance.

Another treatment choice for sleep apnea is an oral appliance. You wear an oral appliance while you sleep and it works just like a mouthguard or orthodontic device. It keeps your jaw in a slightly forward position which is just enough to keep the airway open. Oral appliances are popular because some patients find them more comfortable than the CPAP mask. They are also easy to clean and portable.

 Dr. Richard Nass, your Manhattan, NY, and East Hampton, NY ENT can help if you are struggling with sleep apnea. Give us a call at 212-734-4515 or 631-658-0027

You Might Also Enjoy...

Sinusitis

Have you ever felt like you had a cold that wouldn’t go away? If symptoms of discolored nasal drainage and blockage hang around for more than 10 days, or worsen after they start getting better, there’s a good chance you have sinusitis...

Sore Throats

Everybody gets a sore throat now and then. When you have a sore throat, this can affect speaking, swallowing, or breathing. Infections from viruses or bacteria are the main cause of sore throats,...

Swimmer's Ear

Swimmer’s ear (also called acute otitis externa) is a painful condition that affects the outer ear and ear canal that is caused by infection, inflammation, or irritation.

Tinnitus

Over 50 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, which is the perception of sound without an external source being present.

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis, also described as pharyngitis, refers to inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils, which are lymph glands located in the back of the throat that are visible through the mouth.

Turbinate Hypertrophy

Turbinate hypertrophy refers to an excessive growth or enlargement of the turbinates, which are bony structures located inside the nose. They are covered with a special skin called mucosa, and they help filter, warm, and humidify the air as you breathe.