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

The Benefits of Early Detection and Treatment of Sleep Apnea

Have you been told you snore? Do you feel groggy most mornings and have a difficult time concentrating? If this sounds like you, it’s possible you might have sleep apnea, a sleep disorder which can have some serious consequences. Your ear, nose, and throat specialist can help.

Sleep apnea is caused by the tissue at the back of your throat periodically relaxing while you sleep. The tissue may partially or totally block your airway, resulting in a lack of oxygen to your vital organs, including your brain and heart.

The lack of oxygen over time can increase your risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure

You might be suffering from sleep apnea if you:

  • Frequently snore
  • Wake up with a headache in the morning
  • Have a scratchy, dry, sore throat in the morning
  • Wake up suddenly with a gasping or choking sensation
  • Experience daytime grogginess, sleepiness, and difficulty concentrating

If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you should visit your ENT specialist for testing to determine if you have sleep apnea or other sleep disorder.

Your ENT specialist can treat sleep apnea with:

A Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine, known as a CPAP; the CPAP has a mask that fits over your mouth and nose. The mask is connected to a machine that delivers a continuous flow of oxygen while you sleep.

An Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance; this is a small, portable mouthpiece which you wear while you sleep. The appliance holds your lower jaw in a forward position, keeping your airway open while you sleep.

If you think you might have sleep apnea, it’s important to see your ENT specialist for sleep testing. Sleep apnea needs to be treated to help prevent serious medical conditions. To learn more about the benefits of early detection and treatment of sleep apnea, talk with an expert. Call your ENT specialist today.

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