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. . . .
Adult & Paediatric Ear Nose & Throat Surgery, Snoring and Sleep Apnoea, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Laryngology, Care of Professional Voice . . . .
Dr Michael Farrell specialises in Adult and Paediatric ENT, Sinus Surgery, Head, Neck, Parotid and Thyroid Surgery, Laryngology/Voice Disorders