Are you worried that you may have sleep apnea? Although you'll need a sleep study for a definite diagnosis, you might notice a few telltale signs if you have the condition. Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan, ear, nose and throat doctors at Tan Head and Neck Center in Long Beach, CA, diagnose and treat sleep apnea and snoring.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing momentarily. Breathing pauses may last several seconds and can occur hundreds of time throughout the night. Although the pauses may be short, they deprive your body and brain of oxygen and can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, heart failure and arrhythmias. The condition can occur if your tongue falls back against your throat, blocking your airway, or if the walls of your throat become so relaxed that they collapse.
How can I tell if I have sleep apnea?
You may notice a few of these signs if you have sleep apnea:
- Loud Snoring: Snoring doesn't automatically mean that you have sleep apnea, but many people who have the condition do snore.
- Breathing Pauses: Have your family members or significant other ever noticed that you stop breathing during the night?
- Gasping for Breath: If you've ever jerked awake suddenly or woken up gasping for breath, a breathing pause may be to blame.
- Bad Moods: Irritability and depression can be symptoms of sleep apnea.
- Sleep Deprivation: Not surprisingly, it's difficult to get a good night's sleep if you suffer from sleep apnea. If you constantly feel tired when you wake up and continue to feel lethargic during the day, sleep apnea could be responsible.
- Headaches: A morning headache may also be a sleep apnea symptom.
How can my Long Branch ENT help me?
If a sleep study reveals that you have sleep apnea, your ENT can offer several solutions that may ease your symptoms, including a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or an oral appliance. CPAP machines force a steady flow of air into your throat, which keeps the airway open. Oral appliances hold your jaw forward and prevent your tongue from blocking your airway. If excess tissues in your throat cause your breathing pauses, your ENT may recommend procedures to remove the tissue. With a surgical robot, this revolutionary procedure can remove a portion of the base of the tongue improving the airflow while you sleep. Dr. Tan is the only surgeon in the greater Long Beach area who is trained to do this highly specialized robotic procedure.
Relieve your sleep apnea symptoms with a visit to your Long Beach, CA, ENTs Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan. Call them at (562) 988-8818 to schedule an appointment.
Otolaryngologists, commonly known as ear, nose and throat doctors, offer specialized care for diseases and conditions that affect the mouth, throat, voice box, noses, sinuses, ears, head, and neck. Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan, Long Beach, CA, ear, nose and throat doctors, treat a variety of conditions ranging from sinusitis to sleep apnea to hearing loss.
What type of training do ear, nose and throat doctors receive?
Ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors spend at least five years after medical school in residencies and fellowship. Thanks to their extensive training in otolaryngology, they're well equipped to diagnose and treat common, and not so common, ear, nose and throat conditions and illnesses.
When should I visit a Long Beach ENT?
ENTs diagnose and treat:
- Allergies: The specialists offer allergy testing, prescribe allergy medication, offer immunotherapy injections, and provide advice that will help ease your discomfort.
- Sinusitis: Whether you've just developed sinusitis symptoms, or you have chronic sinusitis, you'll benefit from a visit to the ENT. In addition to prescribing decongestants, antibiotics and other medications, the doctors also perform endoscopic sinus surgery if needed.
- Throat Issues: ENTS treat tonsillitis, inflamed adenoids, airway conditions, difficulty swallowing, breathing issues, chronic hoarseness, and other voice problems.
- Ear Problems: ENTS are the doctors you'll want to see if you have ringing or buzzing in your ears, an ear infection, trauma to your ears, balance or dizziness, ear pain, or nerve pathway disorders. They also diagnose hearing loss and can help you make the most of your hearing with aids that amplify sounds and diminish annoying background sounds.
- Tumors: The specialists diagnose, treat and surgically remove tumors in the head, neck, and thyroid.
- Other Treatments: Your ENT can also determine why you suffer frequent nosebleeds or find out why your voice has changed recently. They can also help you avoid the damaging health effects caused by sleep apnea by fitting you with an oral appliance that keeps your airway open while you sleep.
Could you benefit from a visit to an ENT? Call Drs. Jesse and Jesus Tan, your Long Beach, CA, ear, nose and throat doctors, at (562) 988-8818 to schedule an appointment.
Could your thyroid be to blame for your chronic fatigue or sudden weight gain?
You may have some kind of thyroid problem, and may not even realize it. Even though there are different kinds of thyroid disorders the most common type is called hypothyroidism, in which the thyroid gland is underactive. Could you be dealing with an underactive thyroid? Our Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan are here to tell you the warning signs of a thyroid issue.
You might have an underactive thyroid issue if:
- You feel tired throughout the day even with a full night’s rest
- You gain weight unexpectedly or have trouble losing the weight
- You experience mood swings (e.g. depression)
- You have muscle aches and pain
- You have cold hands and feet
- You have poor concentration (feeling foggy-headed)
- You have a hoarse throat
- You have swelling in the neck
You might have an overactive thyroid (known as hyperthyroidism) if:
- You are feeling jittery or anxious
- You feel tired
- You lose weight unexpectedly
- You are sensitive to heat
- You have trouble sleeping
- You find yourself shaking
As you get older these symptoms may be milder, making it more difficult to diagnose.
How is hypothyroidism treated?
Since your thyroid gland isn’t producing the proper amount of hormones necessary, the medication that your Long Beach, CA, ENT doctor will recommend will balance out these hormones. One of the most common medications used to treat hypothyroidism is called levothyroxine, which is a synthetic form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine. Once we find the right balance of hormones this medication can help you for the rest of your life.
Those with hyperthyroidism may benefit from taking medications to reduce the amount of hormones produced by the thyroid, as well as taking radioactive iodine or beta-blockers.
When should I consider thyroid surgery?
A thyroidectomy, the removal of the thyroid gland, isn’t commonly performed. While thyroid surgery isn’t usually used for hypothyroidism it is more commonly used to treat hyperthyroidism. And here at Tan Head & Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA, we offer advanced robotic technology to provide more precise and less invasive thyroid surgery.
If you aren’t able to tolerate the thyroid medication you are taking or if you are pregnant and have hyperthyroidism then thyroid surgery may be a good option for you. Once the thyroid is removed you’ll be given medication that will provide you with the proper dosage of thyroid hormones.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a potential thyroid problem then it’s time to seek proper care. Tan Head & Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA, is here to help give you the answers and relief you need to feel like yourself again.
This sleep disorder could be the reason you are extremely exhausted all of the time.
Do you find yourself unable to get out of bed each morning? Do you find that there isn’t enough coffee in the world to keep you awake at your desk? Do you find yourself almost falling asleep at the wheel on your way home from work? While these instances on their own might be par for the course for someone who is just having a poor sleep week, for someone with sleep apnea, all of these issues are regular occurrences. Our Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan, are here to tell you more about sleep apnea and how it can be managed.
What is sleep apnea?
This sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans causes shallow breathing or pauses in breathing throughout the course of the night. When these pauses occur this awakens the sleeper and affects the person’s overall quality of sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
One of the classic signs of sleep apnea is chronic, loud snoring. Of course, not all people who snore end up having sleep apnea. Since breathing cessations are interrupting your sleep throughout the course of the night it means that you aren’t getting quality sleep. As a result, you may experience frequent morning headaches, daytime exhaustion, poor concentration and memory, and irritability.
Why does sleep apnea need to be treated?
Sleep apnea needs to be treated as soon as possible not just to improve your quality of sleep but also to protect your overall health. As you might imagine, these breathing cessations can occur hundreds of times throughout the course of one night. This also means that there isn’t enough oxygen getting to the brain. If sleep apnea is severe enough and never gets treated, it can lead to brain damage.
Furthermore, untreated sleep apnea can also increase your chances for certain chronic and potentially life-threatening health problems such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
This is why it’s important to turn to our Long Beach ENT doctors as soon as possible to find out if your symptoms could be due to obstructive sleep apnea.
There are ways to manage your symptoms to vastly improve the quality of your sleep. A common method is CPAP therapy. An otolaryngologist can also create a custom-made oral device, known as oral appliance therapy, that can also help you get your sleep apnea symptoms under control.
In severe or persistent cases that don't respond to other treatments, surgery may be needed. A revolutionary procedure using a surgical robot can be performed to remove a portion of the base of tongue, significantly improving the airway and patients' sleep apnea. Dr. Tan is the only surgeon in the greater Long Beach area who is trained to do this highly specialized robotic procedure, and he has helped many people overcome their sleep apnea with this operation.
Are you displaying symptoms of sleep apnea? Want to get to the bottom of your sleep disturbances? Then it’s time to turn to Tan Head & Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA. Call us today.
It's difficult to function when your nose is stuffed up, your sinuses hurt, and all you want to do is sleep. Fortunately, there's help for these common sinusitis symptoms. Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan discuss sinusitis and explain treatment options.
Sinusitis occurs when your nasal passages become inflamed. Inflammation can occur due to allergies, or a virus, fungal or bacterial infection.
Your sinuses are filled with air and covered by a thin layer of mucus that catches germs, dust and dirt particles. Normally, small hair-like projections in your sinuses called cilia constantly push mucus into your throat. Once the mucus finds its way to your throat, it's swallowed and eliminated by your digestive system. When you have an infection or an allergy, your nasal tissues swell, preventing mucus from leaving your sinuses. Eventually, they become inflamed, and you begin to experience the symptoms of sinusitis.
Sinusitis causes a variety of unpleasant symptoms
If you have sinusitis, you may develop:
- Nasal congestion
- Post-nasal drip
- Pain and pressure around your eyes and in your cheeks, ears, and forehead
- A headache
- A clogged feeling in your ears
- Neck pain
- Thick yellow or green nasal secretions
- A cough
How is sinusitis treated?
In many cases, sinusitis goes away on its own. Until it does, you can relieve your symptoms by taking over-the-counter decongestants and rinsing your nasal passages with saline solution, a Neti pot or other sinus irrigation system.
If your symptoms don't improve, schedule an appointment with our Long Beach office. Depending on the cause of your symptoms, we may prescribe medications that reduce congestion and swelling and decrease mucus congestion. Although antibiotics will be ineffective if your sinusitis symptoms are caused by allergies or a virus, they may be needed if you have a bacterial infection. Surgery usually isn't needed to treat sinusitis, but it may be an option if you develop chronic sinusitis due to a deviated septum, bone spur or polyp.
Don't let sinusitis symptoms take over your life. Call Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists Drs. Jesse and Jesus Tan at (562) 988-8818 to schedule an appointment.
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