There are multiple causes of sleep apnea including tonsil enlargement, nasal blockage, cysts or tumors in the throat, and obesity. Sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and other cardiopulmonary problems. It has also been shown to increase chances of an automobile accident because of degraded reaction time.
The physicians at Eastern CT ENT have the expertise to diagnose these conditions and recommend an individual treatment plan to help you and those around you find the peaceful sleep you all need. Treatment may involve nasal CPAP, lifestyle modifications, and surgical procedures. One effective surgical procedure we offer is the Pillar Procedure. This involves implanting material in the palate to stiffen it, which decreases the vibration that often causes snoring.
Tired of being tired? It is estimated that 1 in 4 people snore. Snoring occurs when the muscles of the palate and uvula relax during sleep. The result is a physical obstruction to normal breathing. Many factors can contribute to both snoring and sleep apnea, including enlarged tonsils, nasal blockages, and obesity. Snoring is not only socially disruptive to family life - causing other family members sleepless nights and making the snorer the object of ridicule, but it can also be hazardous to one's health in the long run. Often, snoring can be related to sleep apnea, which is a serious condition that can lead to complications.