How your ENT specialists in Bridgeton and O'Fallon, MO, can help
Sleep apnea not only dramatically affects your quality of sleep, but it can also serious consequences for your overall health, and even shorten your lifespan. Fortunately, the ENT specialists here at Northwest Otolaryngology can help ease the issue. With two convenient locations in Bridgeton and O’Fallon, MO, read on to learn how we can help treat your sleep apnea.
More about sleep apnea
When you have sleep apnea, the tissues at the back of your throat relax while you sleep, causing either a partial or full closure to your airway during the night, resulting in a lack of oxygen to your vital organs, including your heart and brain. Over time, diminished oxygen levels can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, memory problems, and other serious medical conditions.
Sleep apnea also causes you to partially or fully wake many times throughout the night, resulting in a restless, interrupted sleep. Consequently, you may experience symptoms such as:
- Waking up with a gasping, choking feeling
- Chronic headaches, especially in the morning
- Feeling tired and listless during the day
- Having difficulty concentrating
- A chronic sore throat when you wake up
One of the most common ways to treat sleep apnea is with a continuous positive airway pressure device, called a CPAP. The CPAP has a mask that fits over your nose and is connected to a device that delivers a continuous flow of air through your airway during the night.
Another excellent treatment for sleep apnea is the oral mandibular advancement appliance. This custom-made dental appliance is worn at night in order to hold the lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open throughout the night.
Need care? Give us a call
You deserve to sleep well at night and not be tormented by sleep apnea. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment, talk with the experts. Call the ENT specialists at Northwest Otolaryngology in Bridgeton and O’Fallon MO, today:
- Bridgeton - (314) 291-5307
- O'Fallon - (636) 379-6006
Ear pain can make you feel miserable, but it's not always easy to tell if your symptoms are actually caused by an infection. These signs and symptoms typically occur when you have an ear infection.
What are common ear infection signs and symptoms?
Symptoms of ear infections include:
- Ear Pain: Pain may be continuous or may come and go.
- Fever: The infection can cause a fever of 101 or 102F, but not everyone who gets an ear infection doesn't develop a fever.
- Difficulty Hearing: A build-up of mucus in the inner ear can make it harder to hear clearly.
- Drainage: If the eardrum bursts or perforates, mucus will begin to drain from the ears.
Ear infections are more common in children than in adults. The eustachian tubes, the passageways that connect the ears to the throat, are smaller and more horizontal in children, making it easier for bacteria and viruses to reach the ears. It's not always easy to tell if your baby or young child has an ear infection, although signs of infection tend to start after a cold. In addition to the signs mentioned above, these signs can indicate that there is an infection:
- Pulling on ears
- Irritability of fussiness
- Frequent waking during the night
- Reluctance to lie flat
- Loss of appetite due to pain when chewing or swallowing
How are ear infections treated?
Although antibiotics were once commonly prescribed for ear infections, doctors today use a "wait and see" approach before recommending them. In many cases, ear infections get better on their own without any treatment. If antibiotics are prescribed too frequently, you may become resistant to them.
If you or your child continue to have symptoms after two or three days, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic and drops to relieve ear pain. Infections can be more serious in babies and young children. Don't wait two or three days to call your doctor if your child has a fever of 101 or higher, won't stop crying, is in severe pain or if you notice drainage from the ears.
Do you think you or your child may have an ear infection? Your Otolaryngologist In Bridgeton, MO
can offer recommendations and treatments to help you feel better.
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