As we approach fall and winter, we wish to update you on your ear nose and throat health. We recommend that you have your humidifiers inspected and cleaned. If you don't have one, this may be a good time to purchase. When heaters go on, so should humidifiers. In addition, nasal saline sprays and netty pots often times aid in healthy noses and throats. It is becoming increasingly well known how important good nasal breathing is for our overall health. I am sending a link to a recent story aired on CBS News, featuring James Nestor, author of the recent book, "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art". It is very insightful and I hope you enjoy it.

We continue to take very strict COVID precautions. We have had no cases as a result anyone coming to our office or having surgery with us at Northwestern Hospital.
Flu season is rapidly approaching and strongly encourage the flu vaccine.
We are very pleased with our results of the Inspire(inspiresleep.com)procedure for sleep apnea. This has proven to be an excellent outpatient procedure for those who are not getting good results with CPAP.
As always, we offer a full range of services for your hearing health. We provide the most current technology for testing your hearing and providing the most appropriate hearing aids for each individual.
Please feel free to call the office(312-988-7777) for further information on all of the above or to set up an appointment. You may also send individual emails through our patient portal.

Wishing you all good health and safety,

Gordon J. Siegel, M.D.,FACS
Assistant Clinical Professor
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery             
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Snoring Solutions: Addressing Snoring and Sleep Apnea Through ENT Care

Occasional snoring is normal, but if you’ve been told you snore loudly, all of the time, you could be suffering from a serious condition known as sleep apnea. Your ear, nose, and throat specialist can help.

What You Need To Know About Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Occasional snoring can be helped by maintaining a healthy weight, not eating before bed, and sleeping on more than one pillow, so your head is elevated. If these methods don’t help and you find that you snore loudly, deeply, and frequently, it’s time to visit an ENT specialist to determine if you have sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is caused by the soft tissue at the back of your throat relaxing and blocking your airway while you sleep. The blocked airway leads to insufficient oxygen getting to your vital organs. Sleep apnea can increase your risk of:

  • Developing heart disease
  • Having a stroke
  • Developing diabetes
  • Developing Alzheimer’s disease

In addition to loud, frequent snoring, additional signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Waking up with a gasping or choking sensation
  • Waking up with a headache or sore throat
  • Feeling fatigued during the day
  • Experiencing grogginess and difficulty concentrating during the day

To diagnose sleep apnea, your ENT specialist may recommend a sleep study. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, your ENT specialist may recommend:

A CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine, is a device that produces a continuous supply of oxygen. You breathe the oxygen through a face mask, which you wear while sleeping.

An oral mandibular advancement appliance is a small appliance fitting over your lower teeth. The device holds your lower jaw forward, allowing your airway to remain open during sleep.

Want To Know More About Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

To find out more about snoring and sleep apnea and how your ear, nose, and throat specialist can help, talk with your ENT specialist today.

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