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Advice From Your Allergist on Rhinitis
What is Rhinitis?
What is Sinusitis?
What is Allergic Rhinitis?
What Causes the Sneezing, Itchy Eyes and Other Symptoms?
No Hay, No Fever - So Why "Hay Fever?"
Is Allergic Rhinitis Ever the Cause of Other Problems?
Are All Cases of Rhinitis Caused By Allergies?
What Are Other Causes of Rhinitis?
What Triggers Vasomotor Rhinitis? (Runny Nose)
What Other Medications Are Effective in Treating Rhinitis?
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New Treatment Options
Balloon Sinuplasty
Breakthroughs - Somnoplasty
Snoring Treatment Options
Sleep Apnea Solutions
Gulf War Missile Tracking Technology Used in Sinus Surgery!
Nose News Newsletter
Effective Relief for Your Chronic Stuffy Nose! (Vol. 1 No. 2)
Feel Like Your Nose Needs a Superhero (Vol. 1 No. 3)
Hay Fever: Fact or Fiction?
Hyperarousal Theory of Primary Insomnia
I Can't Believe My Dentist Sent Me to the Doctor for Tooth Pain!
Nasal Sprays: Are You Doing More Harm Than Good?
Snoring Sends a Serious Signal
Snoring...Sweet Dreams to Nightmares
Snoring - The Noisy Nightmare!
Understanding the Nose and Its Function
You Don't Have to be Miserable (Vol. 3 No. 2)
Patient and Family Resources
Tips for the Mild Snorer or Occasional Snorer
How Common is Snoring?
What Causes Snoring?
If You Snore You May Be Suffering From:
Should I Worry About Snoring?
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Can Heavy Snoring Be Cured?
Sleep Apnea/Snoring Treatment
St. Joseph Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
What Is a Sleep Study
Understanding Sinuses
Common Sinus Procedures Performed

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New Treatment Options

How will I be diagnosed?

Ask your doctor to assess your situation. Typically, an overnight sleep test is the accepted method of evaluating breathing patterns and identifying possible sleep disturbances, such as obstructive sleep apnea. After a careful review of your medical history, your physician will discuss the diagnostic alternatives available and recommend the best test for you.

How can I be treated?

There are a number of alternatives. Somnoplasty is a new minimally invasive treatment that reduces and stiffens tissues obstructing the upper airway. There are other approaches such as nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) that require wearing a facial mask every night, or conventional surgery that can be performed to enlarge the airway.

What is radio frequency of the base of tongue?

For obstructive sleep apnea, the Somnoplasty procedure uses low-power, low-temperature radiofrequency energy to treat a well-defined area in the tongue. The procedure takes place under local anesthesia and typically takes 30 to 45 minutes. Radiofrequency energy is delivered beneath the surface layer of the tongue. The treated tissue is heated just enough to create an area of coagulation. Over the next three to eight weeks the treated tissue is naturally removed from the body, reducing the volume and stiffening the area to keep the airway open during sleep.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that results from the partial or total obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. When tissue in the back of the mouth, throat, and/or nose obstructs airflow during sleep, patients suffer an apnea (total interruption of the flow of air to the lungs for at least ten sounds) or a hypopnea (partial interruption of airflow). When this occurs, the body responds by interrupting sleep to restart breathing.

Is obstructive sleep apnea dangerous to my health?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can have a long-term impact on your health. Because obstructive sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing several times an hour during sleep, oxygen levels in your blood drop, forcing your heart to work harder. Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension and arrhythmias, and impaired daytime functioning.