ENT Virginia Beach
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Virginia Beach, VA 23455 (757) 464-9165
By Beach Ear Nose & Throat PC
December 16, 2014
Category: sleep apnea
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Find out if your morning grogginess could be a result of this common sleep disorder.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that inflicts over 18 million Americans. The condition is characterized by a blockage in the airways that causes breathing to stop for short periods of time while asleep. Your Virginia Beach ENT shares some of the telltale signs that you may have sleep apnea:

Do you…

  • Experience excessive sleepiness during the day?
  • Do you snore loudly?
  • Wake up abruptly with shortness of breath?
  • Experience morning headaches?
  • Wake up to a dry mouth or sore throat?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you may have sleep apnea. So, when should you see your Virginia Beach ENT?

You should come into our office if your snoring is so loud it’s waking up others, if your shortness of breath wakes you up in the middle of the night or if your daytime sleepiness causes you to fall asleep during the day.

While you might not think snoring is a serious sign of a problem, snoring can often be an indicator of sleep apnea; however, not everyone who actually has sleep apnea will snore. When you come in for your visit let us know about any sleep symptoms you are experiencing.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Your treatment plan will depend upon the severity of your sleep apnea. For those with milder symptoms, we may recommend incorporating certain lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation or weight loss.

For those with more moderate to severe symptoms, there are a variety of different sleep apnea treatments that can help you sleep better. The most common is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Before bedtime, a mask is placed over your nose to deliver air pressure that keeps your passages open and unobstructed while sleeping.

If we’ve exhausted all sleep apnea treatments and nothing has helped your symptoms, then we may consider surgery to remove tissue from your throat. This surgery is known as a uvulopalatopharngoplasty (UPPP) and it can help stop patients from snoring.

If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea in Virginia Beach, call us today to schedule an appointment. The only way to properly diagnose your condition is through a medical exam. Your Virginia Beach ENT knows exactly how to treat your sleep apnea so you can wake up rested and refreshed.