Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Broward ENT Services

ENT Surgeons located in Fort Lauderdale, FL & Plantation, FL

Millions of American adults suffer from sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that can lead to serious health problems. If you snore or stop breathing while you sleep, it’s time to see the experienced professionals at Broward ENT Services. Wilson DuMornay, MD offers convenient at-home sleep studies to test for obstructive sleep apnea and a variety of techniques to treat the condition. If you’re looking for a provider in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area who can relieve your sleep apnea, contact the clinic online or over the phone.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by lapses in your breathing. Your throat muscles relax to the point where they block your airway.

Due to the physical processes and sleep disturbances associated with obstructive sleep apnea, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Reports from others that your breathing stops
  • Snoring
  • Choking or gasping upon waking
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Waking with a sore throat or a headache

What causes obstructive sleep apnea?

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, the structures at the back of your throat collapse. You may snore as air tries to squeeze through the narrowed airway and then stop breathing when the airway closes completely.

Your airway may become blocked by one of the following:

  • Excess weight pressing on the airways
  • Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Deviated septum
  • Weak or large tongue
  • Uvula size

How do you diagnose obstructive sleep apnea?

If you or Dr. DuMornay suspects you might have sleep apnea, he gathers information about your symptoms, general health, and medical history. Then, he assesses the structures of your throat and looks for signs or risk factors of obstructive sleep apnea.

Dr. DuMornay recommends and offers an at-home sleep study for a definitive diagnosis. You take a portable device home and attach some simple sensors, an elastic band, and a finger probe as directed by him. The device monitors your oxygen levels and airflow.

Dr. DuMornay interprets the data from the device after you return it. He makes a positive or negative diagnosis based on those results.

What treatment options are available for obstructive sleep apnea?

Dr. DuMornay is one of the leading sleep doctors in the Fort Lauderdale area. He provides the following revolutionary services to correct obstructive sleep apnea:

  • Somnoguard oral appliance: mouthpiece that moves your lower jaw forward
  • Snoreplasty: an injection that hardens the palate (roof of your mouth) and pulls the uvula forward
  • Radiofrequency ablation: radiofrequency waves reduce the size of your tongue
  • Nasal surgery: operation to correct a deviated septum
  • Uvulectomy: removal of the tissue that hangs at the back of your throat
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty: soft palate and throat tissue removal

To learn about all your sleep apnea treatment options, contact Dr. DuMornay online or over the phone.