Category: Snoring

How to Get Rid of Snoring Problems

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Nearly everyone snores sometimes. Usually, it passes quickly without disrupting you or your partner’s sleep. However, when snoring happens more frequently, it can be associated with other problems. Snoring can interrupt the quality of you or your partner’s sleep; this can lead to irritability and fatigue, as well as exacerbation of other health issues. Snoring can also be a sign of more serious health problems. If snoring is a regular feature in your bedroom, it can be very beneficial to consult with one of our Houston doctors.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring occurs when your breath cannot pass freely through your nose, throat and mouth while you’re sleeping. When passages are blocked by tissue, the tissue vibrates, creating the characteristic snoring sound. There are a number of factors that make snoring more likely. These include:

  • Being overweight or obese. When you carry excess weight, some of it accumulates around your neck or throat. This, in turn, adds pressure to these areas. For some people, losing weight is enough to curb snoring issues.
  • Age. As people hit middle age and older, their throats become more narrow. You can also lose muscle tone in the area. Together, these contribute to snoring.
  • Sinus or nasal issues. When your nasal passages are blocked, it makes inhaling and exhaling more difficult. People with chronic sinusitis, for instance, often snore.
  • Sleeping positions. Lying on your back to sleep can block airways. Switching to another position can reduce snoring.

What Are the Best Snoring Solutions?

Sometimes, getting rid of snoring can be as simple as changing positions or ensuring you are well-hydrated before bed. For other people, however, greater interventions are needed to address snoring.

Some people have success with over the counter anti-snoring aids. These take many forms. Some are in the form of tape that can keep nasal passages clear. Other snoring remedies are shaped more like athletic mouth guards and open up airways.

Medications may help people who want to stop snoring. Decongestants can open up nasal passages and reduce vibration. If your snoring is allergy-related, antihistamines or steroid nasal sprays can help, as well. Discuss these options with your doctor to see which are right for you.

Depending on the time of year, a humidifier may be helpful. During Texas summers, constant use of the air conditioning can make air more dry. When air is dry, the delicate tissues in your sinuses and throat can dry out, too. Keeping air more moist can help prevent that.

Someone who has nasal passages that are too narrow may benefit from a procedure like balloon sinuplasty. This procedure opens up sinus passages, allowing air to travel more freely.

There is no one best way to stop snoring. Different solutions will have different levels of success for each individual.

Is snoring getting in the way of a good night’s sleep? You and your partner don’t have to suffer! We can help you identify the root cause of your issue and get a sounder sleep every night. Get in touch today for an appointment.

Kenyon’s Patient Testimonial

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Listen to Kenyon Jentz’s patient testimonial as he shares his experience with the balloon sinuplasty procedure and how the American Sinus Institute improved his quality of life.


Video Transcript:

Kenyon Jentz: About 12 years ago I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, pretty severe. I had a lot of issues breathing. I would actually wake up gasping. I had looked online about different procedures. A lot of the older traditional methods seemed a little too invasive for my taste. I think I was a little scared of that, having surgeries with the recovery time was a lot longer than what I had been looking for.

Until a buddy of mine had told me about the Sinus Institute and an in-invasive procedure he had done where he was back to work basically the next week. I was very interested in finding out what that was. I had the surgery on a Friday and I was actually able to return to work on Monday, so I was very happy with that. That day, I had a little discomfort, a little bit of pain. I had a lot of procedures done. It was a little bit of discomfort. I had some pain medicine to help me with that, and I actually healed a lot more rapid than I anticipated.

I actually explained to the doctor when I came back that this has been a life-changing experience for me. Being able to breathe so well, it’s given me more energy. I sleep better at night. I’ve actually fallen asleep without my sleep apnea machine, which I’ve never been able to do before without waking up gasping for air. I’ve actually taken naps for an hour or two long and woken up later and just been actually amazed that I was able to sleep without my machine.

The research I saw online regarding the more traditional procedures, it was a little too much than what I could bear, I think. Some videos showed where they actually carved out holes in the people’s sinuses and had packing materials put in there for six to eight weeks afterward. There’s a lot of videos of people having their packing removed, and when I watched that I just thought, “How terrible to suffer for six to eight weeks,” and I had no idea there were newer, more innovative surgeries that could be done and procedures that would not have to put me through that mess. I was very pleased to find out about these new procedures.

Coming to the American Sinus Institute, it was very relaxing. They were very informative. They told me so much about what was going to happen to me that I was actually kind of amazed at the detail that they were willing to share with me, actually, about what was going to happen. I literally had no questions about what was going to happen.

I don’t know how long these procedures have been out, but I wish I would have known about this 10, 15 years ago. I would have definitely had it done a lot sooner, and I would highly recommend anybody who’s thinking about this or has issues breathing or with allergies or sinus issues to look into it. It’ll change your life. Definitely changed my life. I highly recommend it to anybody who’s interested. At least get some information, educate yourself about these new procedures.

Balloon Sinuplasty Solves Sinus Problems – SA Live KSAT

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PA Katrina Zedan joins client Roland Navaira and his wife Alice on SA Live to talk about how resolving Roland’s sinus problems has changed his life.


Video Transcript:

Fiona: Welcome back to SA Live. Well, the cold front has moved in and brought those dreaded sinus diseases along with it. Joining me today is Katrina Ze- Zedan with the American Sinus Institute. Thank you so much for being here. What are some of the signs and symptoms of having sinus problems?

Katrina Zedan: Sinus pain, sinus pressure, frequent sinus infections. When medications fail to work …

Fiona: Yes.

Katrina Zedan: … patients end up in our office.

Fiona: (laughs) Because sometimes they don’t always work. You’re like …

Katrina Zedan: That’s right.

Fiona: “Oh, my goodness. I can’t take it anymore.” How is American Sinus helping those sinus problems to the curb?

Katrina Zedan: We do an evaluation on the patient. We do a CT scan, we fully examine them, and we look at to see if balloon sinuplasty would be the, the, the way to go.

Fiona: So what kind of results are people going to see after this procedure.

Katrina Zedan: Well, it’s great because we have patients here to tell us exactly how they feel. The great thing is is there are symptoms that people don’t associate with sinuses, like the trouble sleeping, the snoring that people get, or the headaches. People think it’s migraines, and they end up being sinus headaches, so we’re going to see wha-

Fiona: Yeah, you mentioned we have patients here today.

Katrina Zedan: Yes, exactly.

Fiona: And Mike is standing by with both of them.

Mike: Roland and Alice Navaira. By the way, married 52 years.

Alice: Yes.

Mike: That is absolutely wonderful. You were just a child, weren’t you? So, anyway, back to the topic at hand, you had the, the operation, the surgery, Roland, right?

Roland: I, I did.

Mike: What was it like before you had it?

Roland: Well, before I had a lot of congestion.

Mike: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Roland: Uh, a lot of sinus headaches, pressure …

Mike: Okay.

Roland: I snore like a bear at night.

Alice: That he did.

Mike: That he- Okay. No getting away from that one, is he? So …

Roland: No, I didn’t.

Mike: Okay, so …

Roland: And I probably won’t.

Mike: Now, after you had it and they took out all the packing and everything like that, did- was it an immediate just …

Roland: Oh, I could feel the difference immediately.

Mike: Okay.

Roland: I mean, um, I was breathing a lot easier, I no longer had the sinus pressure, I no longer had the headaches, or I- nil- I- I’m not- um, any longer had to get up in the morning and rush to the bedroom to blow my nose. That was …

Mike: Okay.

Roland: That was-

Mike: How did it change your life?

Alice: I could sleep better because I didn’t have to nudge him all night long because he was snoring. And I noticed that instantly. You know, I said, you know, a day later, I said, “You know what? I didn’t hear you snore today.”

Mike: And so, one of the other benefits, I would assume, because you slept better, you’re more rested and you said he- in a better mood basically, so …

Roland: Oh yeah.

Alice: Exactly, exactly.

Mike: Okay.

Alice: I could tell. In the morning the first thing he would do, run to the bathroom, blow his nose …

Mike: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Alice: And then, all day long, you know, I could tell in his facial expressions that he just wasn’t feeling good. You know?

Mike: Okay.

Roland: It’s funny. I’m laughing because of the fact that she used to tell me in the morning when I wa- she heard me blow my nose, she says, “You’re going to blow your brains out.” (laughter)

Alice: Yes. He would. He doesn’t do that.

Roland: I feel something stuck in there, you know, so I got to get it out.

Mike: How- How did you- How long ago did you have the procedure?

Roland: I had mine back in January, I believe.

Mike: Okay. And then ever since then, it’s just been fantastic, right?

Roland: Oh. No more headaches.

Mike: And about how long was the recovery period?

Roland: For me was like about two or three weeks.

Mike: Okay.

Roland: But it was- I’m pretty good at [crosstalk 03:04].

Mike: And you’re, you’re a new person, basically, right?

Roland: Oh, yeah.

Mike: Okay. Are those results typical, Doctor?

Katrina Zedan: They are typical. Uh, we have many patients that think, like I said, they have migraines and they end up being sinus headaches. We have patients that are breathing better now.

Roland: Oh yeah.

Katrina Zedan: And like you said, when they’re sleeping better, you know, they wake up with more energy and they’re not so irritated or fatigued right, throughout the day.

Roland: Exactly.

Katrina Zedan: So it makes a big difference. But the big thing is the sinus pain, the pressure, and the infections that patients get, they no longer get. So again, when medicine fails to work, come see us. We’d be happy to, to help you live a lot better …

Roland: Oh, yeah.

Katrina Zedan: … than you are now. (chuckles)

Fiona: Roland, what would you tell to viewers who might be unsure or scared to make that appointment?

Roland: There’s nothing to be scared of. I mean, you know, just, if you’re having sinus problems, make the call. I did. I mean, and I’m glad I did, because, uh, I’ve- I’ve- I breath a lot easier now.

Fiona: And she’s so happy. (laughter)

Mike: And you’re …

Roland: Oh yeah. And a happy wife is a happy life. You know, like just what they say, so … (laughter)

Crowd: (cheers)

Mike: Another 52 years, so it’s worth it. So …

Roland: Yeah. All set for ten more.

Mike: Thank you both for being here.

Fiona: All right, Roland, thank you so much for telling your story. You too, thank you. For more information you can call 225-5666, that’s 225-5666. Or head to americansinus.com. All right, coming up-

Are You Hearing Complaints That Your Snoring Is Getting Out Of Hand?

Is your snoring getting out of hand?

Not all snores are created equal. Sometimes snoring can sound like a raging buzz saw that shakes the ceiling and floor, keeping family members up past their bedtime.

In other situations, the snores of a sleeping bed partner can be less profound and are actually comforting, serving more to provide just the occasional sounds that signal the presence of the other person.

This is much like cases where individuals accustomed to big city life can only seem to fall asleep to the sounds of traffic. They find themselves staying up when trying to sleep in suburbia or a rustic setting that lacks the noise of honking cars and security alarms.

But what if your significant other has been complaining that your snoring is getting out of hand, occurring so often and so loudly that it prevents the both of you from getting the restful sleep you so desperately need?

Instead of having to resort to sleeping in separate beds, the person who is snoring can undergo a simple procedure at the American Sinus Institute. You should know that for many snoring patients, balloon sinuplasty, a procedure at the American Sinus Institute, can improve the situation and bring peace and comfort back to the bedroom.

Treating Sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty to Improve Snoring

People snore for a variety of reasons. In severe instances, the problem might be sleep apnea, which causes patients to stop breathing periodically and then snort and snore as they wake up for brief moments numerous times each night to fight for oxygen and resume slumbering.

Evaluation at a sleep center is essential for diagnosing a case of sleep apnea, which can be addressed with a CPAP machine that blows air through a tube connected to a mask that the patient wears to keep the airway open during sleep. Left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to health issues including cardiovascular disease.

But when doctors rule out sleep apnea being associated with a patient’s snoring and instead determine that the cause is actually obstruction of the nose, patients can seek relief with time-tested procedure called balloon sinuplasty. Nasal obstruction can be due to sinus dilation, turbinate hypertrophy or inflamed sinuses and nasal mucosa. Normally, sinuses contain air, but if they become blocked, the fluid that fills up the sinus cavities can lead to infections.

Sinusitis occurs when the tissues lining your sinus become swollen or inflamed. People can get sinusitis for a variety of reasons, from allergies, the common cold, polyps in the nasal cavity or sinus structural issues that cause drainage ducts to be narrow or blocked.

To date, more than 150,000 patients have undergone balloon sinuplasty since its FDA approval in 2005.

It’s a safe and effective procedure in which the doctor inserts a small balloon into the patient’s sinus cavity. The balloon is gently inflated, which then actually restructures the sinus cavity without the need for invasive surgery. Patients benefit because recovery time is much faster and typically with fewer complications.

Ready to Explore Your Snoring Treatment Options?

If snoring is becoming a growing issue in the bedroom lately, you can start by determining the severity of your sinus problem with our easy sinus symptom checker. The results may indicate that balloon sinuplasty is your best option for a non-invasive treatment.

We are a balloon sinuplasty center with facilities providing services to individuals in the greater areas of San Antonio and Houston, Texas. For more information about how balloon sinuplasty could help reduce your snoring problem or to set an appointment for a consultation, please contact the American Sinus Institute today.

The Most Common Causes Of Snoring

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Did you know there is medical science behind the causes of snoring, and you don’t have to live with disruptive snoring for the rest of your life? Snoring isn’t just something everybody does. Many people have underlying causes that can be treated directly, which leads to more restful sleep for the whole family.

What Causes Snoring in Adults?

Some of the most common reasons for snoring include poor sleeping position, alcohol consumption and anatomical issues in the throat and mouth. However, it is actually the sinus passages that are responsible for much of the snoring we hear.

If you’ve ever asked, “What causes someone to snore?” you’ll know that snoring often increases during allergy season and when someone is suffering from a sinus infection. On a grander scale, the individual’s sinus passages may be too narrow, even when not obstructed, to allow for normal breathing at night.

What Can Be Done About Snoring?

For snorers in Houston and San Antonio, the answer can be as simple as visiting a sinus specialist. There are a variety of treatment options available, including minimally invasive methods of widening the sinus passages to allow for better drainage and fewer obstructions.

Many of these procedures are designed to last a lifetime, so once you’re done, you won’t have to worry about ongoing treatments.

Why You Should Treat Your Snoring

Snoring directly impacts the quality of the sleep you are getting. Those who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, stroke and heart problems. In addition, lack of sleep can have a large impact on your ability to concentrate at work and your ability to manage stressful situations, including anger management.

Members of your family may be suffering at the hands of your snoring without you even realizing it. Spouses often bear the brunt of a snorer’s symptoms and share in the negative health effects.

American Sinus Institute

The American Sinus Institute has created a handy Sinus Symptom Checker that allows you to check your symptoms before you schedule an appointment and to determine whether or not sinuses are the culprits. Check out the Sinus Symptom Checker today or visit one of our Houston or San Antonio locations to schedule your consultation today!

Technology Advancements To Help Snorers

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Technology Advancements to Help Snorers

Snoring is a chronic problem that has long-term health effects and can impact both you and your partner’s ability get a restful night of sleep. In recent years, sleep experts have focused on treating snoring with a wide variety of medical and natural methods. As more information has been gathered about the causes and effects of snoring, new technological advancements have been introduced which offer relief from snoring and can help you get a better night’s sleep.

Nasal Strips and Sprays

One of the biggest causes of snoring is nasal congestion that builds up during the night. There has been a significant success with nasal strips and sprays that help to keep your nasal passages open and unobstructed while you sleep. Most people are familiar with the strips that go across the bridge of the nose, but recent advancements have added the Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) method to the list of nasal strip products. These EPAP devices act as a valve that moderates your breathing and the air pressure in your nasal passages to keep your throat open, preventing up to 76% of the vibrations that cause snoring.

In addition to nasal strips and sprays that treat congestion, many doctors also recommend seeking treatment for ongoing allergies. Treating congestion by itself is merely dealing with the symptoms, but will not relieve the actual cause. By getting help with your allergies you will actually get rid of the problem at the most basic level, preventing congestion altogether.

Mouthpieces and Chin Straps

Some doctors recommend the use of a mouthpiece or chin strap to stop loud snoring. The basic premise of the chin strap is that it forces your mouth closed, causing you to breathe through your nose and preventing the passage of vibrations through your open throat as you sleep with your mouth open. These devices have been met with some resistance as they can be uncomfortable and difficult to keep in place while you sleep.

By contrast, there are now numerous mouthpiece options available on the market. Mouthguards come in two varieties: mandibular advancement devices (MAD) and tongue stabilizing devices (TSD). The MAD mouthguard uses pressure to push your lower jaw up and away from your throat. When most people sleep on their side or their backs, the muscles in the neck and throat relax, allowing the passageway to get blocked. By keeping your jaw muscles tense and out of the way, your throat will stay open allowing for easier breathing. The TSD mouthguard has a similar goal as the MAD one, but it is designed to create suction that holds your tongue out of the way while you sleep. These devices are relatively inexpensive and can be a long-lasting and comfortable solution that has been proven effective.

Balloon Sinuplasty

For people who are looking for a permanent and effective means of reducing their snoring immediately, there are several procedures available. Many sinus clearing treatments are designed to widen and strengthen the nasal passages so that they are no longer susceptible to blockage from mucus and other buildup in the body.

Balloon sinuplasty is the latest technological advancement that involves inserting a tiny elastic balloon into the sinus passages and inflating it until it forces the walls of the sinus passage to open up and stay widened through pressure and restructuring. Other surgical procedures include the correction of deviated septums to correct air passages and uvulectomy to remove the tissues in the back of the throat that contribute to snoring.

As doctors continue to study the short- and long-term effects that snoring has on health, there are more and more treatment options becoming available to the general public. In cases where simple over-the-counter nasal strips or medications are not effective, certain medical devices may prove successful. Either a MAD or TSD mouthguard is one inexpensive way to physically modify the throat and airways for better breathing and sleeping. However, people who still struggle with snoring after trying these medical devices may seek out sinus and airway procedures that can provide immediate and long term relief of symptoms.

If you are interested in balloon sinuplasty and would like more information about how it can help you sleep better, please contact the American Sinus Institute today. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about the procedure and its benefits for your health and sleep.

How Snoring Can Affect Your Health

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While most people consider snoring a minor nuisance that sometimes disrupts their normal sleep, the reality is that excessive snoring is cause for concern and can be linked to several major health conditions. Some of these risks include heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Snoring can be an even greater issue when it affects the patient’s partner and family by keeping them awake. Here are some of the biggest dangers that snoring poses.

Cardiovascular Disease

Snoring itself is considered a side effect of a larger problem, but not usually a problem in itself. People who snore regularly can suffer from sleep apnea which makes them more prone to cardiovascular disease, which includes increased chances of heart attacks and coronary artery diseases. In fact, studies have shown that people with sleep apnea are twice as likely to suffer from at least one of these cardiovascular events.

Obstructed Breathing

One of the biggest health risks associated with snoring is the chance that the individual stops breathing for a prolonged period of time. Relaxed and weakened muscles in the neck and esophagus can collapse into the airways which disrupts the person’s normal breathing pattern while asleep. The end result is that they may wake up repeatedly when they finally catch their breath, or that they will continue to have lowered oxygen levels in their blood. This is often associated with an increased risk of stroke, pulmonary hypertension, fatigue and chronic headaches.

Depression & Other Mental Health Concerns

Restless sleeping and repeated waking caused by sleep apnea and disrupted breathing can have long term effects on mental health. In many cases, patients become sleep deprived, over-stressed and eventually depressed as they are unable to regain control over their normal sleep schedule. This can ultimately lead to reduced productivity in day-to-day activities and place a strain on their relationships.

Weight Gain and Diabetes

Excessive weight can be both a cause and an effect of snoring and sleep apnea. In some cases, weight built up in the neck area is what causes the airways to collapse during sleep, and half of all people who are clinically overweight or obese also suffer from sleep apnea. Poor sleeping patterns and fatigue can lead to weight gain and sleep apnea as well, leading to a vicious cycle. Increased weight also increases the risk of diabetes.

Treatment

The good news is that sleep apnea and snoring can be easily treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This treatment involves forcing oxygen into the body through a breathing mask so that the airways are not able to collapse and the patient does not stop breathing. This leads to more restful and uninterrupted sleep, which reduces all of the above risks and also improves sleeping conditions for the patient’s partner and family.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that should not be ignored by those who snore regularly. The chances of a fatal heart attack or other cardiovascular event are doubled with sleep apnea, as well as increased risks of stroke and diabetes. In many cases sleep apnea is also present among people who struggle with being overweight and the condition can add to their symptoms. Lastly, the disruptive sleep patterns caused by sleep apnea have side effects such as fatigue and even depression. All of these can have a negative impact on the health and relationships of the patient both internally and externally, and put increased strain on their body.

For more information about the long term effects of snoring and effective treatment options, please contact the American Sinus Institute today.