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By Dr. Andrew Parker
January 22, 2021
Category: Sleep Issues
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Are you keeping your loved ones awake while you sleep? You may have sleep apnea. Visit Dr. Andrew Parker at Parker Ear, Nose, and Throat of Fairfield County, serving the Norwalk, CT area.

Diagnosing Your Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is characterized by blockage in the airways as one sleeps. Most people can identify sleep apnea by the very loud snoring that is produced by the blockage at night.

Tools for Self Diagnosis

STOP-BANG is a tool for you to use to assess whether or not you may have sleep apnea:

  • Do you snore loudly?
  • Are you often tired during the day?
  • Have you or someone else observed you not breathing while you slept?
  • Do you have or have you ever been treated for high blood pressure?
  • Is your BMI more than 35?
  • Are you older than 50?
  • Is the circumference of your neck bigger than 40cm?
  • Is your gender male?

If you have answered “yes” to at least 3 of the questions, you may have sleep apnea. Contact your doctor for more details.

Other Ways to Diagnose Sleep Apnea

Your doctor may request that you keep a 2-week sleep diary of your habits, sensations, and occurrences. Take this diary with you to discuss further treatment. 

Another way to diagnose sleep apnea is to participate in an overnight sleep study. Your doctor will ask you to slumber overnight in a sleep facility. You will be monitored by machines to see what your sleep patterns are.

If you feel uncomfortable or are unable to go to the sleep facility, you may complete at-home sleep tests. You will be instructed on how to use the testing instruments and the doctor will collect and interpret the results when the test is done.

Discover ways to feel more refreshed in the morning. Having your doctor diagnose and treat sleep apnea will have you resting soundly. Contact Dr. Parker at Parker Ear, Nose, and Throat of Fairfield County in Norwalk, CT, at (203) 866-8121 to schedule a consultation today.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
March 05, 2020
Category: Sleep Issues
Tags: Sleep Apnea   Snoring  

Do you snore often? More than just an annoying sleep pattern, snoring can indicate sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition. Fortunately, here at Parker Ear, Nose, and Throat of Fairfield County in Norwich, CT, your otolaryngologist, Dr. Andrew Parker, can determine if you have sleep apnea and diagnose a proper treatment.

Snoring versus Sleep Apnea

According to the American Sleep Apnea Organization, snoring occurs when throat tissues relax and block the airway. This snoring causes a vibration, which creates a distinct sound. Anatomy, weight, alcohol consumption, and other factors impact the loudness of snoring.

Snoring is also a sign of sleep apnea. The primary difference is a person with sleep apnea will stop breathing for as long as a minute. During sleep, the person snoring may make snorting or gasping sounds.

Obesity, the size of the tongue or tonsils, age, and anatomy of the head and neck can all impact snoring and sleep apnea.

Health Risks of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea may be the result of a more severe condition such as congestive heart failure or nasal obstruction. Sleep apnea health risks can include:

  • Poor sleep quality, making you tired throughout the day
  • Weight gain
  • Heart conditions, including high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation
  • Stroke
  • Type II Diabetes

Your partner may also suffer from a lack of sleep due to your snoring.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Apnea

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, consult your physician, or contact an otolaryngologist such as Dr. Parker in Norwalk, CT.

A sleep study in a hospital or certified sleep center is necessary to confirm sleep apnea. Some of the items measured while you sleep include brain activity, heart rate, eye movements, respiration, and leg movement. The most critical measure is the amount and number of times your breathing stops during your sleep time.

If diagnosed with sleep apnea, some of the most common preventative measures include the following.

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Devices: These devices provide masks that supply air pressure that ensures your airway remains open.
  • Oral Devices: These pieces are worn in the mouth while you sleep to hold the lower jaw in position and prevent the upper airway from blocking the airway.
  • Weight Loss: Reducing your weight can alleviate some of the worst effects of sleep apnea

Call Us

For more information on your options, call (203) 866-8121 for an appointment with Dr. Parker of Paker Ear, Nose, and Throat of Fairfield County in Norwalk, CT.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
May 09, 2019
Category: Sleep Issues
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

The answer to better sleep could lie in treating your persistent snoring.

Does your partner complain that your snoring is out of control and it keeps them up at night? Are your snoring issues getting worse as you sleep apneaget older? Something could be an indicator that something more serious like sleep apnea is going on. Our Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, otolaryngologist Dr. Andrew Parker can help determine what’s causing your snoring and the best solution to give you a better (and quieter) night’s rest.


When Snoring is a Problem

While many people may snore occasionally due to alcohol consumption, allergies or a cold, if you are someone who snores loudly and quite frequently this could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. During OSA, the upper airways constrict or collapse, blocking off air as well as oxygen to the blood.

Those with OSA do not get the quality rest they need, which can lead to problems throughout the day. If OSA goes untreated this can also lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.


Signs and Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

While the snorer often won’t notice any symptoms it’s usually their bed partner who alerts them to the issue that is going on. It’s important not to ignore these complaints, as they could be indicators that something more serious is going on with your health. Symptoms of OSA include,

  • Loud, persistent snoring
  • Daytime fatigue and exhaustion
  • Waking up throughout the night gasping for air
  • Pauses in breathing while asleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth or sore throat
  • Mood swings
  • Brain fog and trouble concentrating
  • Issues with high blood pressure


How an Otolaryngologist Can Help

Here in Norwalk CT, our ENT doctors are dedicated to helping you control your symptoms to get restorative sleep and to prevent certain serious and chronic health problems. First, we will go through your medical history and ask you questions regarding your symptoms.

We will also perform a full examination of the nose, mouth, neck and throat. We will also check for any problems such as a nasal obstruction or infection that could be causing your snoring. If we suspect that your snoring is due to OSA we may recommend undergoing a home sleep study to diagnose your sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is often treated with CPAP therapy, Pillar implants, or surgery in some cases.

If you or a loved one is a chronically loud snorer then it’s high time that you turned to ENT specialist Dr. Andrew Parker in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, that can treat this issue properly. If you snore or think you may be dealing with sleep apnea, then it’s time to give us a call. Call (203) 866-8121.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
June 21, 2017
Category: Sleep Issues
Tags: Sleep Apnea   CPAP  

A lack of sleep may be the most obvious consequence of sleep apnea, but it's not the most serious one. If you don'tSleep Apnea receive treatment for the condition, it can cause serious health problems. Our Westport, New Canaan, and Norwalk, CT, otolaryngologist, Dr. Andrew Parker, explains how sleep apnea affects your body.

The problem

Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing many times during the night. Although the pauses may only last 10 seconds, the cumulative effect of multiple breathing pauses deprives your brain of oxygen, which increases your risk of developing a range of health problems. Sleep apnea occurs when air can't travel freely from your nose to your lungs. The condition may occur if the walls of your throat become so relaxed that they collapse during sleep or your tongue falls into your airway. Obesity increases your risk of sleep apnea, as does having enlarged tonsils or adenoids.

The consequences

If you ignore sleep apnea, you might develop heart disease and stroke. The condition raises the risk of irregular heartbeat, heart failure, heart attack or high blood pressure. Every time your blood oxygen level decreases due to a breathing pause, your blood pressure increases. Over time, these drops can be very damaging to your heart. If you're a man, your risk of heart disease may rise significantly. According to the results of a research study published in PLOS Medicine, men aged 40 to 70 with severe sleep apnea had twice the risk of dying as men who did not have the condition.

Sleep apnea also increases your risk of developing certain diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, liver disease, and metabolic syndrome. When you don't get enough sleep, it may be more difficult to concentrate at work or when you drive, which can make it more likely that you'll suffer an accident. Depression may also be a problem if you have sleep apnea. People who have the condition often report difficulty losing weight or suffer from morning headaches.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Treatment for sleep apnea involves keeping your airway open while you sleep. If a sleep study reveals that you have sleep apnea, we may recommend that you use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine when you visit our Westport, New Canaan, and Norwalk office. The machine delivers a continuous flow of air via a small mask while you sleep, preventing breathing pauses. The alternative to CPAP would be UPPP or Uvula of tonsils or a jaw repositioning device.

Don't put your health at risk due to sleep apnea. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, call our Westport, New Canaan, and Norwalk, CT, otolaryngologist, Dr. Parker, at (203) 866-8121 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
February 03, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Getting enough sleep is an important part of functioning well during the day. What you may not realize is that many sleep apneapeople fail to get enough sleep because of sleep apnea. This condition often causes snoring and difficulty sleeping for both you and the others in your household. There are some answers to sleep apnea and snoring. Finding the right solutions and treatments to the problem should start with a visit to Dr. Andrew Parker, a Westport, Norwalk and New Canaan ear, nose and throat expert, from Parker Ear, Nose & Throat.

Sleep apnea and snoring can be relieved for some with the use of oral appliances. These are similar to sports guards and orthopedic guards. They work to move the tongue and teeth in the best direction to allow for free breathing when you are sleeping. This makes it easier for you to get enough air and keep you from snoring. In other cases, your doctor at Westport, Norwalk and New Canaan may offer are some surgical procedures that can be used to help you find relief from the snoring and sleep apnea. These procedures remove excess soft tissue from the area opening the flow of air for your throat. This can often be the best solution for those that have tried everything else. Even children can suffer from sleep apnea and lose much-needed sleep night after night. Taking the time to evaluate their situation could make all the difference in how they perform in their daily lives.

Getting sleep is important to you and your family. You can enjoy greater success when you have enough rest to rejuvenate the body and mind. There are options available and you don’t have to suffer from snoring any longer. Working with our experts can bring you peace and make your family happy as well. Call us today at 203-866-8121 to set up an appointment to meet with Dr. Andrew Parker. Our Westport, Norwalk and New Canaan ear, nose and throat team from Parker Ear, Nose & Throat is prepared to get you started on a restful night’s sleep.