Sleep Disorders

Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors located in St. Clair Shores, Macomb Township, Rochester Hills, Grosse Pointe, and Sterling Heights, MI

Common sleep disorders like snoring and sleep apnea can lead to medical complications or serious relationship problems. The expert medical team at Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center provide a variety of treatments for snoring and other disorders at their offices in St. Clair Shores, Macomb Township, Rochester, Grosse Pointe, and Sterling Heights, Michigan. If you or a loved one suffers from a sleep disorder, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Sleep Disorders Q & A

What are some common sleep disorders?

You need sleep to allow your body to restore itself overnight so you can function during the daytime . Unfortunately, a number of different issues can prevent you or your partner from getting a decent night’s sleep.

The team at Lakeshore ENT includes physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of common sleep disorders, such as:

 

Snoring

An estimated 45% of healthy adults snore at least occasionally, with about 25% snoring on a regular basis. While snoring can be a standalone condition, it’s also a sign you may suffer from obstructed breathing, as with sleep apnea.

Snoring without sleep apnea is more of a social problem than a medical one. While snoring poses no direct threat to the snorer, it can negatively affect marriages or prevent other people in the house from getting much-needed sleep.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a medical condition that occurs when your airway becomes obstructed and you briefly stop breathing during sleep. Loud snoring is the most common sign of obstructive sleep apnea.

When you stop breathing during sleep, your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen. This can lead to unpleasant symptoms such as headaches and decreased cognitive function during the daytime. Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to serious breathing problems and even heart failure.

How is sleep apnea treated?

The Lakeshore ENT specialists offer several treatment options for sleep apnea. Depending on your particular condition, they may recommend:

  • Lifestyle changes to facilitate weight loss
  • Wearing a device to sleep, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask
  • Surgery to remove excess tissues or correct nasal deformities

If your doctor suspects you may have sleep apnea, you’re evaluated with a polysomnogram, or sleep study, an overnight test that measures your breathing and other body functions during sleep.

 

What are some treatments for snoring?

Snoring is a multifactorial issue that may require a combination of treatments. The team at Lakeshore ENT offers the following snoring treatments that often show an 80-90% success rate:

  • Surgery to remove the uvula (“punching bag” in the back of your throat)
  • Non-surgical injections that stiffen the tissues of your palate
  • Implants to stiffen your palate

If you or a loved one suffers from loud snoring, call or use online booking to discuss your treatment options with an expert otolaryngologist at Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center.

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