Simple, Non-Invasive Sleep Solutions

We may advise considering simple solutions and lifestyle changes that could benefit your sleep regularity as a first step. These solutions could include:

  • Establishing a consistent sleep schedule and ensuring a restful sleep environment.
  • Avoiding stimulants like caffeine close to bedtime and eating a balanced diet.
  • Losing excess weight through a combination of diet and regular exercise.
  • Over-the-counter sleep medications for short-term relief of sleeping difficulties.

When simple solutions fall short, San Antonio ENT excels in the personal treatment of complex sleep disorders.

Specialized Sleep Diagnosis

A sleep study is used to evaluate and diagnose sleep disorders. During a sleep study, various sensors are attached to the body to monitor different aspects of sleep, such as brain activity, eye movement, heart rate, respiratory effort, airflow, and oxygen levels. The data collected helps sleep specialists analyze sleep patterns and identify any issues to establish a custom treatment plan.

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Sleep Disorders and Other Conditions

Our ENT providers are also trained to diagnose and treat many other conditions that affect the Ears, Nose, Throat, Face, Head and Neck. We offer the diagnosis of sleep disorders and sleep apnea by performing a sleep study. Sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart and lung disorders, stroke, and even early death.

Furthermore, we are able to treat sleep apnea using medical therapy, CPAP device, as well as surgical care. Our specialists can also diagnose and treat TMJ disorders and other ENT Conditions.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by repetitive interruptions in breathing during sleep. These interruptions, known as apneas, occur when the muscles at the back of the throat temporarily collapse, obstructing the airway. Common symptoms of OSA include loud snoring, abrupt awakenings accompanied by a choking or gasping sound, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and morning headaches. Obesity, physical obstructions, age, and family history can increase risk.

How is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treated?

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a highly effective treatment for OSA. A CPAP machine delivers air through a mask worn over the nose or both the nose and mouth. The pressurized air prevents airway collapse and ensures a continuous supply of oxygen to the lungs. Before using the CPAP, a San Antonio sleep specialist will determine the optimal pressure level for each patient during a sleep study.

Other Factors Affecting Sleep

Sleep quality can be influenced by additional factors beyond OSA, including the physical structure of the nose, throat, and jaw. Anatomical issues such as a deviated septum, enlarged tonsils, and structural problems in the throat or jaw, like a narrow airway or misalignment, can all contribute to breathing difficulties and fragmented sleep. During evaluation, our sleep specialists can assess these structural considerations using imaging studies or diagnostic tests to identify potential physical obstructions.

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Surgical Sleep Interventions

Surgical intervention can be a valuable option to address sleep disorders, particularly when milder solutions have failed, and physical examinations have revealed obstacles in the breathing passages. Different types of surgeries are available depending on each patient’s unique situation:

Maxillofacial Surgery

This surgery focuses on the upper jaw (maxilla) and face structure. Maxillofacial surgery may be recommended to address jaw structure affecting tongue compression and airway constriction. 

Throat Surgery

Throat surgery, also known by the more technical name of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) surgery, can be used to remove excess tissue from the uvula, soft palate, and pharynx (upper throat). UPPP can reduce airway obstruction by creating more space in the throat. 

Nasal Surgery

Nasal surgery may involve addressing a deviated septum or nasal polyps. Removing structural abnormalities can facilitate smoother airflow and may reduce nasal congestion.

The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

Addressing sleep disorders offers short-term and long-term benefits for overall health and well-being. Effective treatment can lead to immediate improvements in sleep quality, enhanced daily functioning, alertness, and improved mood. In the long term, addressing sleep apnea can reduce the risk of conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

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San Antonio ENT Can Help You Enjoy Healthy, Restorative Sleep.

At San Antonio ENT, our experienced team is here to help you achieve restful and rejuvenating sleep. Whether through medical therapy, innovative sleep technologies, or surgical interventions, we are committed to guiding you toward long-term wellness. Contact us today to schedule your personalized sleep evaluation.

With 3 convenient locations across the San Antonio area, we’re never far away.

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