Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Your Guide to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) - A Path to Better Sleep

At The Centers for Advanced ENT Care – Feldman ENT Division, we provide comprehensive, trusted ENT care, which includes the treatment of sleep disorders. If you're struggling with restless nights, loud snoring, or daytime fatigue, you might be among the millions silently battling Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Our experienced ENT specialists are here to guide you toward effective solutions for a peaceful night's sleep.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a prevalent sleep disorder characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep. These interruptions occur when the muscles in the throat relax, causing the airway to collapse or become blocked, leading to shallow breathing or pauses in breathing altogether. This results in disrupted sleep patterns and inadequate oxygenation, leading to various health complications if left untreated.

Ignoring the signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can lead to serious health consequences. Untreated OSA is associated with an increased risk of several medical conditions, including:

  • Cardiovascular Disease: OSA can strain the cardiovascular system, leading to hypertension (high blood pressure), irregular heartbeat, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

  • Type 2 Diabetes: Poor sleep quality and disrupted breathing patterns can contribute to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, increasing the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.

  • Weight Gain and Obesity: OSA and weight gain often go hand in hand, creating a vicious cycle. Excess weight can exacerbate airway obstruction, while OSA-related sleep disturbances can disrupt hormone regulation, leading to weight gain.

  • Daytime Fatigue and Impaired Cognitive Function: Chronic sleep deprivation caused by OSA can impair daytime functioning, leading to excessive sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and decreased productivity.

  • Mental Health Disorders: OSA has been linked to an increased risk of mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, as well as cognitive decline and dementia in older adults.

Signs and Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of OSA is crucial for early detection and intervention. Common indicators include:

  • Loud and persistent snoring

  • Episodes of choking or gasping during sleep

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Morning headaches

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Irritability and mood swings

  • Frequent nighttime urination

  • Diagnosing and Evaluating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • At The Centers for Advanced ENT Care – Feldman ENT Division, we employ advanced diagnostic tools and techniques to accurately assess and diagnose OSA. Our comprehensive evaluation may include:

  • Clinical history and physical examination

  • Sleep studies (polysomnography)

  • Home sleep apnea testing (HST)

  • Nasal endoscopy to assess airway obstruction

Treatment Options

Effective management of OSA involves a personalized treatment approach tailored to individual needs. Our ENT specialists will work with you and your lifestyle needs to identify a solution among a range of treatment options, including:

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy

  • Oral appliance therapy

  • Surgical interventions, such as Inspire Sleep Therapy

  • Lifestyle modifications

Why Choose The Centers for Advanced ENT Care – Feldman ENT Division?

When it comes to addressing your sleep concerns, trust the expertise and compassion of The Centers for Advanced ENT Care – Feldman ENT Division. Here's why we're the preferred choice for OSA care:

  • Experienced ENT specialists with a focus on sleep disorders

  • State-of-the-art, advanced diagnostic and treatment capabilities

  • Personalized care plans tailored to your unique needs and preferences

  • Commitment to patient education and ongoing support throughout your treatment journey

Schedule Your Consultation

Don't let OSA rob you of quality sleep and optimal health. Take the first step towards a restful night's sleep by scheduling a consultation with our knowledgeable ENT team. Contact us today at (301) 652-8847 or schedule online to book your appointment.