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

Understanding Sleep Apnea: Causes, Symptoms, and Risk Factors

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, over 18 million people in this country have sleep apnea. Your ENT specialist can help. Dr. Gordon Siegel at Midwest ENT in Chicago, IL, provides a wide range of ENT services, including diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.

What You Need To Know About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition caused by the soft tissue at the back of your throat intermittently relaxing while you sleep. When it relaxes, it blocks your airway, also blocking the needed supply of oxygen from getting to your vital organs, including your brain. The lack of oxygen to your vital organs increases your risk of:

  • High blood pressure
  • Memory issues
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Impaired mental and physical ability

Occasional snoring is normal, but you may have sleep apnea if you experience:

  • Chronic loud snoring
  • Waking up suddenly, gasping or choking for air
  • Headaches and a sore throat in the morning
  • Fatigue and drowsiness during the day

If you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, it’s time to visit your ENT specialist. Your ENT specialist may recommend a sleep study to diagnose sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. If you do have sleep apnea, your ENT specialist may recommend:

A continuous positive airway pressure machine, also known as CPAP. The CPAP has a mask connected to a device which provides a continuous supply of oxygen while you sleep.

An oral mandibular advancement appliance is a small custom-made dental appliance you wear while you sleep. The appliance keeps your lower jaw and tongue in a forward position, keeping your airway open while you sleep.

Want To Know More About Sleep Apnea?

To find out more about sleep apnea, talk with an expert, your ENT specialist. Call Dr. Siegel at Midwest ENT in Chicago, IL. You can reach him in the office by calling (312) 988-7777, so call today.

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