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By Tan Head and Neck Center
January 10, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: sleep apnea  

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.

By Tan Head and Neck Center
September 12, 2016
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: sleep apnea  

Nearly everyone snores from time to time, but if snoring has become a regular habit, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep sleep apneaapnea is particularly dangerous because it can increase your risk of developing several serious conditions, such as heart attack and stroke. Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan, your Long Beach, CA ear, nose and throat doctors, share information about several sleep apnea treatments that may benefit you.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines

Sleep apnea occurs when the walls of your throat and soft palate collapse when you sleep, blocking your airway. The problem can be compounded if your tongue falls against the back of your throat. During the night, you may stop breathing hundreds of time for a few seconds each time. Unfortunately, each time you stop breathing, your brain is deprived of oxygen.

A CPAP machine keeps everything open by forcing a steady stream of air into your airway. The air is delivered through a special mask that you wear while you sleep. Getting used to the mask can take a while, and you may need to try a few until you find one that's right for you.

Thermal ablation

Thermal ablation uses heat to reduce the size of the tissues in your soft palate, base of your tongue and the nasal turbinates inside your nose. Your Long Beach doctor may use laser, radiofrequency or bipolar cautery to perform thermal ablation.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPP)

UPP is a surgical procedure that your doctor uses to remove excess soft palate tissue that can block your airway. As the area heals, it becomes stiffer, which can decrease snoring caused by tissue vibration.

Pillar implants

During a surgical procedure, your doctor places rigid rods in your soft palate. The rods prevent your airway from collapsing when you sleep.

Oral appliances

Oral appliances fitted by an ENT or dentist can also help relieve sleep apnea, although they're not as effective as a CPAP machine. The device is worn while you sleep and works by moving your jaw forward and preventing your tongue from falling back into your throat.

Do you constantly jerk awake during the night and feel extremely tired during the day? You may be suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. Jesse and Dr. Jesus Tan, your Long Beach, CA ear, nose and throat doctors, can offer treatments that will help you get a good night's sleep and avoid long-term health problems. Call them at (562) 988-8818 to schedule an appointment.