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By Steven M Dawson, MD
June 19, 2020
Category: ENT
Tags: CPAP Treatment  

Here’s what you should know about this most common sleep apnea treatment.

If you are currently living with sleep apnea here in Kirkland, WA, our otolaryngologist Dr. Steven Dawson can diagnose and help you manage your symptoms through CPAP treatment. Of course, there are many people who have sleep apnea but don’t even know it. So, it’s first important to recognize the warning signs of obstructive sleep apnea,

  • Chronic, loud and disruptive snoring
  • Gasping for breath or pauses in breathing in the middle of the night
  • Restless sleep
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Mental fog, poor memory and difficulty concentrating
  • Extreme exhaustion throughout the day (despite getting enough sleep)
  • Mood swings, irritability and anxiety

If your partner has complained about your loud and persistent snoring this symptom alone is worth visiting our otolaryngologist in Kirkland, WA. While not all snorers have sleep apnea the majority of people with sleep apnea do deal with chronic snoring.

What is CPAP treatment?

CPAP treatment is one of the most common treatment option prescribed to those with obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure therapy and this machine pumps continuous, pressurized air through a tube into a mask that the patient will wear over their nose and mouth while they sleep. This pressurized air will help to keep the airways open, preventing obstructions in breathing.

Why should I use CPAP treatment?

When it comes to getting CPAP therapy it’s important that you work with a qualified doctor who can help you find the right type of machine and mask to help improve your symptoms but also help you feel comfortable with this new treatment. We know that finding the right CPAP machine takes time, and we are happy to work with you to find the one that best fits your needs and provides you with the sleep you deserve.

If you don’t treat sleep apnea not only are you dealing with the pangs of daytime fatigue, brain fog and other issues that can cause problems at work, school or while driving, but also you can increase your risk for certain serious and life-threatening health problems including,

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

When will I notice improvements in my sleep with CPAP?

You only need to wear your CPAP mask while you are sleeping. By using this treatment every night (without skipping an evening) you may notice a significant improvement in your symptoms after about two weeks of continuous use. Even once you start feeling better you should continue to use your CPAP treatment every night. If you still notice symptoms after a couple of weeks of continued use talk with our ENT doctor.

If you are dealing with severe snoring and you think you may have sleep apnea, our Kirkland, WA, ENT office is here to help. We offer both in-office and telemedicine visits, to make getting care for your sinus, ear, nose and throat problems even easier. Call our office today at (425) 899-3838 to schedule an appointment.

By Steven M Dawson, MD
April 10, 2020
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinusitis  

Are you have difficulty breathing, putting up with nasal congestion, and headaches on a daily basis? If so, you may be suffering from sinusitis. Dr. Steven Dawson will be able to diagnose your symptoms and recommend an effective solution. Based in Kirkland, WA, Dr. Dawson, specializes in ear, nose, and throat services and can help you breathe more easily.

What is Sinusitis?

Your sinuses are comprised of hollow cavities that extend around your eyes, through your cheekbones and forehead and connect to your nose. There are several different sinuses:

  • Maxillary sinuses: the largest sinuses; they are located in your cheekbones
  • Frontal sinuses: located on each side of your forehead above the bridge of your nose
  • Ethmoid sinuses: located behind the inside corner of each eye
  • Sphenoid sinuses: located behind the ethmoid sinuses

The sinuses’ main function is to produce mucus to ensure that the soft tissue that lines the nose remains moist. This layer of mucus protects the nasal lining from viruses, bacteria, pollen, dirt, and dust. The sinuses also help your voice to resonate and prevent sudden temperature changes in your nasal cavities.

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses. It has several causes, which include the common cold, seasonal or other types of allergy, nasal polyps, and a deviated septum. Sinusitis can cause a great deal of discomfort, and if left untreated, it can become chronic and cause other complications such as ear infections.

Sinusitis Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of sinusitis may include:

  • Pressure in the cheeks and behind the eyes
  • Lingering headache
  • Painful nasal congestion
  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Sore throat
  • A hoarse, scratchy voice

Sinusitis Treatment

Although you can treat this condition with over-the-counter solutions such as nasal sprays, these should not be used for more than three consecutive days. A visit to Dr. Dawson will provide an accurate diagnosis and a treatment that you can count on to ease your symptoms quickly and effectively.

Don’t suffer symptoms in silence. If you think you may be suffering from sinusitis, contact your otolaryngologist in Kirkland, WA, Dr. Steven Dawson at 425-899-3838 for quick relief.

By Steven M Dawson, MD
March 24, 2020
Category: Sleep Conditions
Tags: sleep apnea  

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that sleep apnea is on the rise in the US. Fortunately, your ENT doctor in Kirkland, WA, can help treat this issue if you suffer from it. Dr. Steven Dawson helps patients struggling with obstructive sleep apnea overcome this disorder, allowing them to rest and enjoy better health. Read on to learn more.

What is sleep apnea?

The National Sleep Foundation states that sleep apnea affects 16 million Americans of all ages and walks of life. While men 40 and over are more prone to this problem, women and children suffer from it, too. Characterized by loud snoring and repeated episodes of breathing cessation, sleep apnea affects interpersonal relationships, daytime function, and overall health.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is the most common type of sleep apnea in Kirkland and across the country. When someone with OSA sleeps, the soft tissues at the back of the throat, otherwise known as the velum or soft palate, relax so much they actually cover the airway. Breathing stops, the person wakes up, and the disruptive cycle starts again, often occurring multiple times a night.

How does sleep apnea affect health?

Oxygen deprivation from sleep apnea affects the entire body. Untreated, OSA leads to:

  • Daytime fatigue and sleepiness
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory loss
  • Slow reaction time
  • Irritability and depression
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type-2 diabetes
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Asthma-like symptoms
  • Digestive issues, such as GERD (acid reflux disease)

What is CPAP?

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP machines send a constant stream of air through a facial mask. Patients use their bedside apparatuses all night, every night so their airways stay open, snoring stops and health improves.

Do I have to use CPAP?

Not everyone benefits from this common sleep apnea treatment. Some people may wear acrylic mouthpieces which places their lower jaws forward, opening the tissues at the back of the throat. Others benefit from simple lifestyle changes such as:

  • Sleeping on one side rather than on the back
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • No eating two hours before bedtime
  • Losing weight
  • Smoking cessation

Learn more

Correct diagnosis, education, and treatment help manage sleep apnea. Learn more by consulting with your otolaryngologist in Kirkland, WA, Dr. Steven Dawson. Please call his office team to book your appointment: (425) 899-3838.

By Steven M Dawson, MD
January 27, 2020
Category: Sleep Conditions
Tags: sleep apnea  

According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea. This serious condition could significantly affect all aspects of your life. Worse, studies have also linked it to stroke, heart attack, and even death. If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, Dr. Steven Dawson can give you a proper diagnosis and explain your sleep apnea treatment options here in our Kirkland, WA, office.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea symptoms greatly reduce your quality of life. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is frequent loud snoring during sleep. This snoring is also accompanied by pauses in breathing, regular bathroom trips, restlessness, and waking up gasping or choking. Individuals who suffer from this condition also typically wake up with a sore throat and a headache. Likewise, since your sleep quality is constantly compromised, you might feel fatigued and find it hard to concentrate on tasks throughout the day.

Left undiagnosed and untreated, sleep apnea can also lead to memory loss, irritability, decreased libido, and depression. Additionally, you also increase your risk of developing chronic health problems such as heart disease.

Treatment of Sleep Apnea

There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for sleep apnea. When you come in for a proper diagnosis and treatment, our ENT specialist here in our Kirkland, WA, office will base your sleep apnea treatment options on the severity of your condition. If you experience mild symptoms, your treatment options may include oral medications and preventive techniques such as sleeping on your side and not consuming sedatives or alcohol before sleeping.

If your symptoms are moderate, you may benefit from oral appliance therapy. This involves wearing a customized mouthpiece that will reposition your jaw into the correct position when sleeping to reduce snoring. If you suffer from moderate to severe symptoms, you might require CPAP, continuous positive airway pressure, therapy. This treatment option involves wearing a mask to open up your airways with positive airway pressure when sleeping.

Some individuals also treat their sleep apnea symptoms with a combination of the two or more treatment options mentioned above. If all else fails, or if you have enlarged adenoids, extra-large tonsils, or excess tissue that blocks your airway, you may be an ideal candidate for surgery.

Sick and tired—literally—of sleep apnea? The sooner you can obtain proper treatment, the sooner your symptoms will ease. To determine if you’re among the millions of people who suffer from sleep apnea daily, book your appointment with our ENT specialist, Dr. Steven Dawson, today. Call our Kirkland, WA, office at (425) 899-3838 to get rid of your sleep apnea for good.

By Steven M Dawson, MD
November 13, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

How your ENT specialist in Kirkland, WA, can help with sinus issues

Sinus problems can make you miserable, and over-the-counter products don’t always help relieve symptoms. In many cases, chronic sinus Sinus Painheadaches, sinus pressure, and pain can linger for weeks, and even months. If you have sinus pain, sinus surgery may be just what you need to provide permanent relief. Here at our office in Kirkland, WA, Dr. Steven M. Dawson offers a wide range of ENT services, including sinus surgery to help you feel better.

 

How we can help your sinus issues

Sinus problems are more common than you may think. In fact, 37 million Americans suffer from sinus inflammation, according to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Sinus surgery can help with this condition, as well as a number of other related issues. For instance, your ENT specialist may recommend sinus surgery for:

  • Removal of nasal or sinus polyps
  • Repair of structural nasal or sinus abnormalities
  • Sinus problems resulting from fungal causes
  • A sinus infection that has infected the bone
  • Cancer in your sinuses
  • Chronic sinusitis that doesn’t resolve with conventional treatment

If sinus surgery is a good option for you, your ENT specialist may recommend:

  • Balloon sinuplasty, which is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. A thin catheter containing a balloon on the end is inserted into your nostril. When a blocked area in your sinuses is reached, the balloon is inflated, which gently opens up the blocked area, freeing up your breathing. The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is taken out.
  • Endoscopic surgery, which uses a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope. The endoscope is guided up through your nostrils and into your sinuses, allowing your doctor to check for any abnormalities. The endoscope also allows your doctor to clean and enlarge your sinuses, making breathing easier.
  • Open sinus surgery, which is used for severe sinus problems, including sinus cancer. During surgery, the infected and diseased tissue can be removed and the walls of the sinus can be rebuilt.

 

Seeking treatment? Give us a call

To learn more about sinus surgery and our other ear, nose, and throat services, call Dr. Steven M. Dawson your ENT specialist in Kirkland, WA, today by dialing (425) 899-3838





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