Sleep Doctor in Savannah and Pooler, GA
Leaders in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Conditions
Coastal Ear, Nose & Throat specializes in sleep treatment, such as sleep apnea and snoring. We partner with companies such as Watermark, Encore and Siesta Medical to diagnose and treat these conditions. Call us at (912) 355-2335 for more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Oliver.
Conditions and Services
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person’s breathing stops and starts and they can’t get proper sleep. It is a potentially serious because sudden drops in the levels of oxygen in your blood can increase blood pressure and strain your cardiovascular system. It can also increase the risk of stroke. Sleep apnea can also cause daytime fatigue and as well as disturbing those around you causing them to become sleep-deprived.
Types of Sleep Apnea
- Obstructive sleep apnea – a common condition that occurs when throat muscles relax.
- Central sleep apnea – occurs when muscles that control breathing do not receive the proper signals from the brain.
- Complex sleep apnea – is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person’s breathing stops and starts. This can lead to increased blood pressure and strain your cardiovascular system. It can also increase the risk of stroke and fatigue. For serious cases of obstructive sleep apnea, surgery may be necessary. There are two forms of minimally invasive surgery to treat sleep apnea.
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Our ENT specialists are highly trained in diagnosing and treating upper airway obstructions.
According to The American Academy of Otolaryngology, about 45 percent of adults snore occasionally. Though snoring can affect anyone, it is most common in men and people who are overweight. Snoring once and awhile is perfectly normal, but snoring on a regular basis can disrupt both your sleep patterns and the sleep patterns of those around you.
Snoring is caused when air cannot flow through the back of the throat and the nose freely. The obstruction causes the noisy, vibrating sounds of snoring. The air flow can be obstructed for a variety of reasons.
Dr. David Oliver diagnoses sleep apnea by testing your sleeping habits in the comfort of your home. There are a few variations to sleep studies; Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) which measures how long it takes you to fall asleep. It also determines whether you enter REM sleep.
Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT) which measures whether you can stay awake during a time when you are normally awake. The last test is a Polysomnogram which records internal body functions during sleep.
What is being Recorded for a Home Sleep Test?
There are many factor that contribute to sleeping issues. The most valuable pieces of information include brain activity, blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate, airflow, snoring levels and eye movement. There’s no way for you to know these pieces of information while you sleep, so taking a test may be crucial for diagnosing your sleep apnea or other relates issues.
How is this Information Recorded?
Coastal Ear, Nose & Throat partnered with Watermark Medical and use the Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES™). The device is equipped to read this information. For instance, a nasal cannula which you place in your nose is connected to a pressure transducer, an accelerometer detects movements during the night and an acoustic microphone can detect snoring volume. The device is highly technical and can capture all the information needed to detect obstructive sleep apnea. You can see how you put the ARES device on.
Our exceptional ENT specialists offer a number of oral appliances to treat conditions such as snoring and sleep apnea. Call to schedule an appointment today!
Our surgical ENT specialists are highly trained in performing reconstructive surgery.
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