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By CENTRAL ENT CONSULTANTS
February 09, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea   snoring  

How your ENT specialists in Hagerstown and Frederick can helpsleep apnea

Loud snoring can be more than just annoying; it can be a sign of a serious sleep condition known as sleep apnea. If you do have sleep apnea, the condition can shorten your life, which is why it’s so important to visit your ear, nose and throat specialists if you have loud, chronic snoring. Your ENT specialists at Central ENT Consultants want to help. They have offices in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD, to serve your needs.

If you snore, you’re not alone. In fact, 37 million Americans snore on a regular basis, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Estimates from the foundation state that about 50% of people who snore loudly actually have sleep apnea.

In addition to loud snoring, you may notice additional signs of symptoms of sleep apnea which include:

  • Headaches in the morning
  • Sleepiness and fatigue during the day
  • Waking up suddenly with a choking, gasping feeling
  • Waking up with a sore throat

What happens when you have sleep apnea is that the soft tissue at the back of your throat relaxes, blocking your airway. When your airway is blocked, oxygen to your brain and vital organs is diminished or cut off completely. Your brain and organs don’t function at full capacity, leading to the possibility of:

  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Memory problems
  • Impaired physical and mental function

There are some home remedies to lessen sleep apnea. You can try to:

  • Avoid taking sedatives before bed
  • Avoid drinking alcohol before bed
  • Take a nasal decongestant
  • Try sleeping on your side
  • Give up smoking

When you visit your ENT specialists at Central ENT Consultants, they may fit you with a Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine, also called a CPAP. The machine contains a nosepiece which fits comfortably over your mouth and nose, providing a continuous flow of oxygen while you sleep.

You don’t have to let loud snoring or sleep apnea control your life. Take control of your sleep and call your ENT specialists at Central ENT Consultants in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD. Call today and sleep well!

By Central ENT Consultants, PC
February 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Mouth Sores  

If you are suffering from mouth sores, find out what they are and what you can do about them.

Mouth sores; they are anything but pleasant. Sometimes they are downright painful, making everyday activities like eating and Soresspeaking difficult. However, do you really know what’s going on in your mouth? It can be hard to pinpoint the root cause of your mouth sore, which makes it even harder to treat it. Your ENT in Hagerstown shares the most common types of mouth sores and how you can treat the symptoms.

Fever Blisters

Also commonly referred to as cold sores, these small clusters of blisters often appear on the lips or around the mouth. A virus known as the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) causes fever blisters. While about 15 to 30 percent of the US experiences fever blisters, a surprising 85 percent of Americans have been infected with HSV-1 but may never experience symptoms.

When a fever blister emerges, the skin around it may become red and swollen. After a few days, the blister will burst open and scab. These blisters can take anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks to heal completely.

Treatment

While there is no cure for HSV-1, there are things you can do to lessen your fever blister symptoms. If this is your first outbreak, then call your Hagerstown ENT to schedule an appointment. We can prescribe an antiviral medication to help ease first time symptoms, which are often the worst.

If you often experience outbreaks, there are also topical prescription creams we can prescribe to ease pain and itching. Some patients also find relief from over-the-counter antiviral medications like Abreva®, which is FDA-approved to promote faster healing of cold sores.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are characterized by small ulcers that appear inside the mouth, often on the cheeks or roof of the mouth. These small sores can cause enough pain that even eating or speaking is problematic. While there are no exact causes pinpointed for canker sores, some believe that stress and certain acidic foods can both trigger an outbreak.

These sores often show up a few times times a year, lasting about a week. While canker sores and cold sores are often mistaken for the same thing, they are completely different. Besides pain, you may also notice a burning or tingling sensation right before the sore emerges. The sore may also be white or gray.

Treatment

While canker sore symptoms usually subside after a couple days, if the pain and discomfort is too much, there are certain rinses and ointments we can prescribe to help reduce your pain. If the sore has lasted more than three weeks then it’s time to come in for treatment. Also, avoid spicy or acidic foods that could exacerbate the sore.

If you are dealing with a painful mouth sore and you don’t know what could be causing it, then it’s time to schedule an appointment to see your ENT doctor in Hagerstown, Dr. Kirby J Scott, MD at Central ENT Consultants, PC.

By Kirby J. Scott
November 26, 2013
Category: Oral Health

Sleep Better Tonight in Hagerstown with Sleep Apnea Treatments

 
If you or your partner snores, or if you have ever woken up exhausted from the night before, you may suffer from sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing during periods of sleep, as the cessation of breathing usually occurs because of a blockage in the airway.  With help from Dr. Kirby Scott, you can sleep better tonight in Hagerstown with sleep apnea treatment. 
sleep apnea treatment
Most patients who suffer from sleep apnea Hagerstown and other areas all over the world, will experience a cycle of snoring, apnea and awakening five or more times a night.  Those who suffer from sleep apnea can also suffer from high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and heart disease, which makes it important for you to understand sleep apnea and your options for treatment.
 

Patients in Hagerstown Ask: What are the Causes of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when muscles in the back of your throat relax.  These muscles support the soft palate, the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate, the tonsils and the tongue.  When your muscles relax, your airway narrows or closes as you breathe in.  Breathing will also momentarily stop during muscle relaxation, which may lower the level of oxygen in your blood.
 
Your brain senses this inability to breathe and briefly rouses you from sleep so you can reopen your airway.  And when this awakening occurs, it is typically so brief that you will not remember it in the morning.
 

Dr. Scott Shares Simple Techniques to Help Your Improve Your Sleep

One simple technique for alleviating mild sleep apnea is to sleep on your sides and not your back.  You should also avoid alcohol or sedatives before bedtime.  Treatment may also 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. 
 
Depending on your diagnosis, you may require more aggressive forms of treatment.  Through an examination by Dr. Kirby Scott, it can be revealed if nasal allergy, infection, deformity or tonsils and adenoids are the cause to your snoring or sleep apnea. When this is present, Dr. Scott may recommend various treatments, including:
 
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
  • Thermal Ablation Palatoplasty (TAP)
  • Genioglossus and hyoid advancement
 
If Dr. Kirby Scott determines surgery is too risky or unwanted, the patient can sleep with a nasal mask or appliance that delivers air pressure to the throat.  A sleep study, performed at home, can be completed to determine if a patient in Hagerstown has sleep apnea. With a proper diagnosis, Dr. Scott can determine the best treatment plan.