Ear, Nose and Throat
) can help you to determine the source of your
. Snoring may be a sign the more serious condition known as
obstructive sleep apnoea
). A sleep study (polysomnogram) is often used to confirm OSA. OSA is characterized by multiple episodes of breathing pauses greater than 10 seconds at a time, due to upper airway narrowing or collapse.
patients may experience 30 to 300 such events per night. Factors that increase the risk of OSA include: shape of the palate or airway; large tonsils and adenoids in children, weight. OSA may lead to tiredness, leg swelling; depression; and hyperactive behaviour, especially in children. Untreated obstructive sleep apnea increases the risk of developing heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and many other medical problems. Continuous positive airway pressure (
is a common treatment. CPAP is delivered by a machine with a tight-fitting face mask. It aims to decrease snoring and prevent sleep apnoea. Other treatment options may include: dental appliances to prevent the tongue from falling back; and surgery to the palate, nose, sinuses and airways. Lifestyle changes to relieve symptoms, may involve: avoiding alcohol or sedatives at bedtime; not sleeping on the back; and losing weight.
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North Shore ENT clinic specialises in Adult and Children’s ENT, including disorders relating to Sinus, Nasal and Breathing, Snoring and Sleep, Swallowing and Voice, Head and neck.
Dr Michael Farrell specialises in Adult and Paediatric ENT, Sinus Surgery, Head, Neck, Parotid and Thyroid Surgery, Laryngology/Voice Disorders