Dr. Saadat, who is Triple-Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery), has extensive training and experience diagnosing and treating a variety of problematic sleep, snoring and breathing disorders including sleep apnea. Many issues can be solved with the proper diagnosis and a customized treatment plan tailored to the individual needs of each patient.
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
The sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea takes place when the muscles in the back of the throat relax during an individual’s sleep cycle. This narrows the breathing airways and lowers oxygen levels in the blood. When the brain senses the breathing disruption, it signals the body to awaken. This disruptive pattern may repeat 5-30 times each hour, which may preclude patients from achieving a deep, restful sleep. Although individuals with obstructive sleep apnea are generally unaware that their sleep cycle has been disrupted, this sleep disorder may lead to excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia) and other problematic health complications.
Snoring may indicate the presence of a more serious health issue, and is sometimes linked to chest pain, high blood pressure, sore throat, restless sleep, and gasping or choking at night. Lifestyle factors (i.e. alcohol consumption, being overweight) can contribute to and exacerbate snoring; however, the structural anatomy of the mouth and nasal structures must also be taken into account. Patients with a naturally elongated uvula, or with a thick, low, or soft palate are predisposed to having narrowed or obstructed airways. These patients are more likely to snore, as are patients with a deviated septum (crooked partition between the nostrils) or chronic nasal congestion. Snoring can also be linked to obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious medical condition.
Breathing is something we often take for granted, but simply doing is one of the most important things we can do to stay healthy. There are many reasons why people don’t breathe well that’s why it is so important to seek the professional advice of an otolaryngologist, also known as an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT). You may be suffering from a collapsed nasal valve, which can occur after an injury to your nose; scar tissue from nose surgery; inhaling foreign substances through your nose for extended periods or simply hereditary — the shape of your nose. Or, you could have a deviated septum, which is very similar to a nasal collapse. Dr. Saadat can determine why you’re not breathing well and perform the appropriate treatment.
Please call us at (310) 247-9090 to discuss your treatment options and to schedule a consultation.