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Can sleep apnea be a symptom of a bigger issue?

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I have been unable to sleep for the past month and I’m┬ástarting to believe it may be related to my constant runny nose. At first I had thought the two things to be unrelated seeing that I had been suffering from this runny nose a month before my sleeplessness. But, the more I read I’m beginning to see some connection. Can sleep apnea be a symptom of a bigger issue?

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Hi there,

Thanks for your question. Sleep apnea can be linked to various conditions which may include: tonsillitis, adenoids, deviated septum (as examples).

Simple techniques for alleviating mild apnea are to sleep on your sides (not on your back) and to avoid alcohol or sedatives before bedtime.

In mild cases: treatment may consist of nasal decongestants, inhaled steroid preparations or oral mouth devices that force the jaw forward to prevent the tongue from falling back and constricting the throat.

In more difficult cases: your doctor may prescribe a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). This device straps onto your face and generates pressurized air, which helps keep your airway open during sleep.

In severe cases: surgery may be called for to open the airway, including a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy or deviated septum repair.

If you want a more detailed assessment, please book an appointment or call us at today!

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1 Answer

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Hi there,

Thanks for your question. Sleep apnea can be linked to various conditions which may include: tonsillitis, adenoids, deviated septum (as examples).

Simple techniques for alleviating mild apnea are to sleep on your sides (not on your back) and to avoid alcohol or sedatives before bedtime.

In mild cases: treatment may consist of nasal decongestants, inhaled steroid preparations or oral mouth devices that force the jaw forward to prevent the tongue from falling back and constricting the throat.

In more difficult cases: your doctor may prescribe a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). This device straps onto your face and generates pressurized air, which helps keep your airway open during sleep.

In severe cases: surgery may be called for to open the airway, including a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy or deviated septum repair.

If you want a more detailed assessment, please book an appointment or call us at today!