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Impact of Treatment of Nasal Obstruction on Sleep Quality

Nasal obstruction is very common, and is usually caused by allergies or nasal septal deviation.  Both allergic rhinitis and nasal septal deviation impair quality of life by contributing to daytime sleepiness, cognitive decline, fatigue, and disrupting sleep. Persistent nasal obstruction can lead to mouth breathing.  Opening of the mouth while sleeping causes retraction of the …

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Inspire Implant Simplified

The Inspire Implant, hypoglossal nerve stimulation, was FDA approved in 2014 for the treatment of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea for patients unable to tolerate treatment with CPAP.  The implant was placed utilizing three incisions, one below the jaw for placement of the nerve stimulator, one in between the ribs for placement of the …

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Health Benefits of Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea(OSA) is a common condition, affecting approximately 20% of the adult population.  The most common symptoms are snoring, gasping for air while sleeping, and daytime lethargy.  The health risks of untreated OSA are caused by the recurrent decrease in blood oxygen levels which strains the heart.  Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with increased …

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New Treatment for Sleep Apnea

The Inspire implant is a new treatment available for patients with moderate-severe obstructive sleep apnea, who are unable to tolerate treatment with CPAP.  The Inspire implant is a small device placed during a same-day, outpatient procedure.  At bedtime, you activate a remote to turn the device on to open your airway while sleeping. The Inspire …

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Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea(OSA) is a common disorder, affecting 24% of men and 9% of women between the age of 30 and 60.  Snoring, gasping and daytime sleepiness are symptoms of OSA.  OSA is caused by repeated upper airway collapse and obstruction during sleep.  The complications associated with OSA are due to recurrent lowering of blood …

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Better Breathing Through Your Nose

Breathing through your nose is better for your health.  Humans are meant to naturally breath through the nose, which filters, warms, and humidifies the air that we breath. Habitual mouth breathing is associated with a host of medical issues, including sleep problems, dental decay, bad breath, and jaw malformation in children.  Mouth breathing may also …

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Nasal Surgery Relieves Chronic Headache in Some Patients

Headaches are common and can have a wide range of causes, which include chronic sinusitis.  A recent study form the University of Wisconsin reports that 85% of patients who underwent functional nasal surgery had at least partial improvement in their headaches (Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018; 142:1583-1592).  1,577 patients who underwent functional nasal surgery for treatment …

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Hearing Loss is a Health Risk

Hearing loss affects more than 10 percent of the U.S. population.  More than half of the population in their 70s and 80 percent of those in their 80s have a least mild-moderate hearing loss. Recent studies indicate that untreated hearing loss is associated with increased risk of depression, dementia, accidental falls, and cardiovascular diseases.  The …

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Let Children Cough

We are well into the cold and flu season, and with children back in school, upper respiratory infections are on the rise.  The most common symptoms are cough, runny nose, and sneezing.  While it is tempting to reach for an over-the-counter product to treat your child’s symptoms, the best medical advice is DON’T. The Food …

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