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Sleep Apnea

SCENT - Southern California Ear, Nose, and Throat

ENT Specialists & Sinus Specialists located in Long Beach, CA; Los Alamitos, CA; Huntington Beach, CA; Newport Beach, CA; and Torrance, CA

Heavy snoring and restless sleep are two common signs of sleep apnea. The ENT specialists at SCENT - Southern California Ear, Nose, and Throat, evaluate and treat sleep apnea in pediatric and adult patients at multiple locations in Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Torrance, California. If you think that you or your child may have sleep apnea, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing repeatedly starts and stops during sleep. There are two main types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type. When you have obstructive sleep apnea, your upper airway becomes partially or completely blocked, which reduces or stops airflow.

Central sleep apnea 

Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that control breathing. People with certain medical conditions, such as a stroke or heart failure, are at higher risk of this less-common type of sleep apnea.

What signs and symptoms does sleep apnea cause?

People who have sleep apnea often snore loudly and toss and turn in their sleep. You may notice these signs in your child or bed partner, or they may report that you are the one snoring. A person with sleep apnea may also gasp, choke, or stop breathing.

Adults with sleep apnea may wake up with a headache and feel like they haven’t gotten a night of restful sleep. Children may not experience daytime sleepiness the way adults do, but they can be hyperactive and have trouble paying attention during the day. Bedwetting is another problem that children with sleep apnea may experience.

What tests and procedures diagnose sleep apnea?

The team at SCENT - Southern California Ear, Nose, and Throat does full evaluations for children and adults who experience snoring and other signs of obstructive sleep apnea. They perform a physical exam and review your symptoms and medical history. 

If they suspect sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, your ENT may recommend tests, such as:

  • Blood test
  • X-ray
  • Sleep study
  • Sleep endoscopy

A sleep test may take place at a sleep center or in your home. This test measures your heart rate, breathing patterns, and blood oxygen levels while you sleep. Sleep endoscopy uses a small fiber-optic camera to determine the cause of an airway blockage.

What treatments are available for sleep apnea?

The team at SCENT - Southern California Ear, Nose, and Throat provides personalized medical care for children and adults with sleep apnea. Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, treatment may include:

  • Losing weight 
  • Sleeping on your side and not your back
  • Avoiding alcohol and sedatives before bed
  • Wearing a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
  • Surgical correction for enlarged tissues, including tonsils, adenoids, and uvula

For expert care of sleep apnea in adult and pediatric patients, call SCENT - Southern California Ear, Nose, and Throat, or book an appointment online today.