Avoiding a Sleep Study? You Can Do it at Home
At the Becker ENT Center, we provide minimally invasive treatment options for patients with snoring and sleep apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea have many causes. At the Center we use a methodical approach to carefully evaluate each patient’s particular anatomy so that we can pinpoint the sources of snoring and sleep apnea.
Snoring and sleep apnea are complex problems which require tailored solutions. Clearly identifying the cause of your problem allows us to provide you with a focused solution. It is for this reason that we offer a range of treatments – from allergy management, turbinate reduction, and nasal procedures to oral appliances, Radio frequency Ablation, the Pillar Procedure, as well as minimally invasive surgeries – each designed to address specific anatomic contributing factors.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea are distinct, but related conditions. Many patients who snore have sleep apnea, and many patients with sleep apnea snore, but not all patients who snore have sleep apnea, and not all patients with sleep apnea snore. For patients in whom sleep apnea is suspected, sleep studies are a common way to determine if they have sleep apnea, and how severe the sleep apnea may be.
A sleep study may be performed at home or in a sleep laboratory. At a sleep lab, you sleep in a room similar to a small hotel room connected to multiple monitors and electrodes. Many sleep labs also videotape your sleep for analysis. In a home sleep study, a portable device is provided to you for monitoring of your sleep at home in your own bed. Many patients find the ease of Home Sleep Studies preferable to going to a sleep center; however, there are instances when a patient’s condition warrants that he or she be evaluated at a sleep center. At the Becker ENT Center, we evaluate your individual signs and symptoms so that we may recommend the most appropriate sleep study and diagnostic testing to most effectively evaluate your condition.
Below are some useful links to help you understand sleep related causes.
Becker Ear, Nose & Throat Center treats many sleep apnea, sleep, snoring symptoms. We specialize in snoring and sleep services and offer a variety of links to help you. Below we have links on the symptoms as well as some FAQ’s for you to look through. As always, if you have any questions, please contact us at any time.
Snoring is a widespread problem that is believed to affect over 45 million Americans. Snoring alone, even without sleep apnea, is associated with significant health risks for patients. Patients who snore often awake after an unsatisfying, disrupted sleep to encounter a day of sleepiness, fatigue, and irritability. In addition to lifestyle challenges, patients who snore have been shown to have increased rates of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Snoring may also have a severe impact on interpersonal relationships, with as many as 80% of snoring couples ending up in separate bedrooms.
Fortunately, there are many effective treatment options for snoring patients. Many of these are simple and non-invasive. Some rely on basic lifestyle changes, while others target obstructive anatomy.
It is often associated with abnormalities of the soft palate or uvula. The soft palate is the tissue that comprises part of the roof of the mouth. The uvula is the “punching bag” that hangs down in the back of your mouth from the soft palate.
An overly long or floppy soft palate or uvula may vibrate irregularly with airflow. This abnormal vibration makes a sound – snoring. Other sources may also contribute to it and, for this reason, careful and complete evaluation is imperative in order to direct effective treatment. Nasal sources (deviated septum, inferior turbinate hypertrophy, polyps, chronic and allergic nasal congestion), nasopharyngeal sources (enlarged adenoids and nasopharyngeal growths), oral sources (enlarged tongue base, small jaw, or tonsils), and throat and neck sources (floppy neck soft tissues) may all contribute to snoring and to sleep apnea. Learn more about Sleep Apnea.
The links below will allow you to explore some commonly asked questions in an in-depth manner. Information for is available both in Q&A format and in Book format. We hope you find this information useful.