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Snoring is a common occurrence many people experience as they sleep through the night. While mild snoring is generally harmless, severe snoring can wreak havoc on your physical health, emotional well-being, and your relationships with those who are closest to you.

 

For these reasons, an increasing number of patients have been turning to professional medical help in order to resolve obstructions in their airways that are leading to severe snoring or sleep apnea.

How Can Snoring or Sleep Apnea Affect Me?

When patients experience lengthy interruptions of their regular breathing patterns, they are generally considered to be suffering from sleep apnea. As previously mentioned, this level of severe snoring has countless effects on your physical health, including the following:

  • Low oxygenation levels in the blood, which can lead to constricted blood vessels in the lungs and even pulmonary hypertension
  • Heart strain (high blood pressure, enlarged heart, and increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke)
  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Obesity

Severe snoring or sleep apnea can also have the following emotional effects:

  • Poor sleep quality from constant waking and oxygenation
  • Daytime sleepiness and chronic fatigue
  • Irritability from lack of sleep
  • Increased chance of developing mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety

These issues can also create tension between you and your loved one as the volume of your snoring may prevent them from also getting a good night’s rest, and the irritability you may experience begins to affect your relationship negatively. In the event your significant other is also sleep deprived, whether it be from your breathing problems or his or her own, you are both more likely to be short-tempered and irrational without quality sleep.

What Causes My Sleep Apnea or Snoring?

Snoring occurs when your nasal airways become obstructed during your sleep cycle. This can be caused by allergies, chronic or acute sinus infection, deviated septums, or nasal polyps. Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue or bulky throat tissue can also cause snoring or sleep apnea by putting excess strain on your breathing airway. A long, soft palate or uvula can also be responsible for narrowing the airway between the nose and throat.

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How Can I Correct My Sleep Apnea or Excessive Snoring?

There are many ways you can correct your sleep apnea or severe snoring. At Sinus Center LA, our medical professionals examine your unique anatomy to determine the cause of your sleep apnea. Once a determination has been made, your doctor will discuss your options for treatment.

Here are a few options that may be considered for your treatment:

In some instances, there may be a non-invasive treatment available, such as snoring mouthpieces or CPAP masks.

If you are interested in learning more about snoring or sleep apnea treatment, call Sinus Center LA today at 310-862-2288.

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Society often makes light of snoring. It is meant to be a funny plot point that consistently appears on television and in movies. One spouse snores, so the other cannot sleep. However, snoring could be indicative of a severe condition. Sleep apnea is a disorder that periodically causes you to stop breathing while you sleep. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause other issues in your body. These can be serious and potentially life-threatening problems, so treating sleep apnea is of the utmost importance. Luckily, the Sinus Center offers treatments designed to help you sleep better!

What Sleep Apnea Does to the Body

If you do not determine and address the causes of your sleep apnea, you could be at higher risk for other medical conditions. Because sleep apnea disrupts your regular sleep patterns, your body is not getting the full rest that it needs to be productive and healthy. This can impede immune response, making your entire body more susceptible to disease.

Sleep apnea restricts your supply of oxygen. Although each episode of oxygen starvation typically lasts less than one minute, those with sleep apnea can endure several episodes over the course of a night, week, month, or any length of time. Because your body is unable to perform respiratory functions at their optimum level, you can aggravate asthma symptoms or become increasingly fatigued.

The effects of sleep apnea are cumulative. If you suffer from this disorder, your bodily functions will experience the negative impact of your lack of sleep, reduced immune function, and reduced oxygen flow. Sleep apnea can trigger more severe conditions, such as:

  • Weight gain
  • Impotence
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke

Additionally, sleep apnea can significantly affect your mental faculties as well. Lack of sleep (even if you are unaware it is occurring) affects your brain function, personality, and quality of life. When your body loses sleep, your brain is unable to retain memories, which can cause some memory loss. You may feel that you cannot mentally perform at your highest level, which can lead to unhappiness and dissatisfaction with yourself. It even increases your risk of being in a car accident. More serious mental health conditions, including depression, can also be attributed to sleep apnea.

How Can I Treat My Sleep Apnea?

The Sinus Center offers multiple treatments for sleep apnea. During your personal consultation with our specialists, we will determine which of the following procedures is best suited for your specific situation.

Breathe Logic®

Breathe Logic® is a minimally invasive, in-office treatment that takes less than 30 minutes and helps reduce the occurrence of sinus-related sleep apnea by opening blocked sinuses. There are no incisions required during the procedure, but we use local anesthesia for your comfort. Our expert, Dr. Amoils, inserts a balloon into the nasal passage and inflates it to enlarge the opening. He sprays the area with saline to flush out trapped mucus before deflating the balloon again. You can resume your usual activities on the same day of your procedure.

Additional Procedures Available

Breathe Logic® isn’t right for everyone, but Sinus Center LA offers multiple treatments to restore your nighttime breathing. Dr. Amoils will consult with you and determine which of these options is most appropriate for you. Some of the procedures we offer include:

  • CPAP: a machine that delivers pressurized air while you sleep
  • Septoplasty: a surgical procedure that corrects the displacement of bone and cartilage in your nose
  • Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty: a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes laser technology to shrink the uvula and open the airway
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP): the surgical removal of the uvula
  • Palate Coblation®: a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio frequency to stiffen your soft palate, which reduces vibrations and snoring intensity
  • Pillar® Procedure: involves using implants to stiffen the soft palate

You can learn more about how to treat your sleep apnea by contacting our office for a consultation. We can be reached at (310) 862-2288.

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When you have a cold, you can take medicine to treat the symptoms until the illness passes after a few days. When you have an infection, you can take antibiotics to force the illness and the resulting symptoms away. When you suffer from sinusitis, there is little you can do other than try to mitigate the extent of the symptoms, but there are options that can help relieve some of the resulting breathing and congestion issues.

Similar to a cold or some infections, individuals suffering from sinusitis experience symptoms like headaches, facial tenderness, pain and pressure around eyes, tooth or ear pain, sinus pain or pressure, nasal congestion, fatigue, irritated throat, or a cough. Depending on how often you are experiencing these symptoms, you will fall into one of three categories of sinusitis.

Acute Sinusitis

This type of sinusitis feels very similar to what you would expect to experience during a cold. Typically, the symptoms last less than 10 days and can be alleviated through over-the-counter medication. Unlike a cold, which usually has a slow escalation of symptoms, acute sinusitis comes on quickly with very little warning.

Recurrent Sinusitis

Recurrent sinusitis occurs when a patient experiences frequent episodes of acute sinusitis. While symptoms may be somewhat managed through over-the-counter medication, it is likely the condition will return shortly thereafter, without warning, causing the patients to have to deal with the symptoms of the condition frequently.

Chronic Sinusitis

When a patient suffers from acute sinusitis for weeks or months at a time, it is considered at this point to be a chronic condition. In addition to over-the-counter medication to remedy the symptoms, antibiotics or steroids may also be prescribed, but it is common for patients to still experience symptoms of sinusitis even after this medication.

Treatment

While medications are an excellent way to help reduce the symptoms, it is common for even the strongest options to fall short of completely relieving the issues. Luckily, there are a few procedures that can help correct some of the congestion and breathing problems you may be experiencing.

Balloon Rhinoplasty

By using an inflatable balloon inside the nasal canal, the nasal passage is dilated in order to provide a wider breathing pathway. The procedure is minimally invasive and can be performed in the office with a local anesthetic.

Coblation® Turbinate Reduction

This procedure is minimally invasive and utilizes radio frequency energy to provide relief from airway obstructions often caused by acute, recurrent, and chronic sinusitis. Typically, this procedure takes less than 30 minutes to complete under local anesthesia in the office.

Septoplasty

Often used to correct issues with snoring, septoplasty is another strong option to help relieve breathing problems associated with sinusitis. Usually performed to correct snoring and sleep apnea, septoplasty involves straightening the patient’s septum cartilage and opening the natural breathing airways.

If you are interested in learning more about which procedure can relieve your sinusitis symptoms, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Sinus Center LA, give our office a call at 310-862-2288.