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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
June 18, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: sleep apnea  

This sleep disorder could be the reason you are extremely exhausted all of the time.sleep apnea

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:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Asthma

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.

By Tan Head and Neck Center
September 18, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: sleep apnea  

Do your spouse or children complain that you snore? More than just an occasional whistling vibration, chronically loud snoring disturbs sleep apneainterpersonal relationships. Beyond that, snorers could be suffering from a dangerous condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. For diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, patients in Long Beach, CA turn to the Tan Head & Neck Clinic. Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan are highly experienced and credentialed otolaryngologists who make it their business to control sleep apnea so people sleep well and enjoy good health.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat relax and cover the airway while the individual sleeps. What results is loud snoring, oxygen deprivation and multiple episodes of waking as the person literally gasps for air. Periods of apnea, or breathing cessation, last 10 seconds or more and occur multiple times a night.

The most common type of sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, and less frequent is Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, which is really a neurological problem. With CSA, the brain does not communicate properly with the respiratory system, and apnea occurs. Additionally, some individuals have features of OSA and CSA combined, a problem called Mixed Sleep Apnea.

Treatments for sleep apnea in Long Beach

The National Sleep Foundation says that 18 million adults in the United States struggle with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. These statistics concern the professional staff at Tan Head & Neck Clinic, and they offer specialized interventions and surgeries as needed to combat the problem. Common treatments include:

  • CPAP machines A continuous positive airway pressure apparatus delivers a steady stream of air through a facial mask to the individual as he or she sleeps. This keeps the airway open and relieves the snoring and breathing cessation of sleep apnea.
  • Oral appliance therapy A custom-made acrylic appliance worn at night places the lower jaw forward so the airway stays open.

Surgeries such as thermal ablation of excess soft tissue (by cautery, laser or other methods) and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), which reduces tissue size in the nose, tongue and soft palate, help with sleep apnea. In addition, a revolutionary procedure using a surgical robot can also 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.

Simple common sense strategies help, too. The doctors encourage patients to:

  • Lose weight if obesity is a problem
  • Sleep on their sides rather than on their backs
  • Avoid food and alcohol before bedtime
  • Elevate the head of the bed to alleviate pressure on the neck

Do something about snoring

Don't ignore it. Systemic health problems such as diabetes and stroke are linked to sleep apnea. If you snore, contact Tan Head & Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA for a consultation. You and your loved ones will sleep better, and you'll enjoy better overall health. Call (562) 988-8818 today.

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.