Posts for category: Otolaryngology

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
August 13, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology

How your ENT doctors in Thousand Oaks, CA, can help you sleep better

Do you still feel drowsy in the morning? Have you been told you snore? If this sounds familiar, you could have obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that can shorten your life. Fortunately, it’s also easily treatable, but you need to visit your ENT specialist for help.

The ENT doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose, Throat, Head And Neck Surgery offer a wide range of ENT services, including sleep apnea treatment, and treatment of ear infections, sinus surgery, thyroid surgery, allergy, and hearing loss. They have convenient office locations in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, to help you.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing. The relaxed tissue partially or completely blocks your airway while you sleep, causing a lack of oxygen to reach your vital organs. This lack of oxygen can increase your risk of having a stroke, acquiring diabetes, suffering from heart disease, or other serious medical condition.

You may have obstructive sleep apnea if you:

● Are told you snore loudly and frequently
● Wake up gasping for air or choking
● Experience a headache when you wake up
● Have a sore throat when you wake up
● Feel drowsy or groggy during the day
● Have problems concentrating or focusing

The first step in treating sleep apnea is having a sleep study done to confirm you have sleep apnea. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, there are a few different methods of treatment:

A Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine, known as a CPAP; the CPAP has a mask that fits over your nose and mouth. The mask is attached to a device that provides continuous air to your airways throughout the night.

An oral mandibular advancement appliance; you wear this appliance while you sleep, and it holds your lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open.

You can help prevent snoring and airway issues if you:

● Avoid drinking alcohol before bed
● Avoid taking sedatives before bed
● Take a decongestant before bed

To learn more about treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, and other ENT services, call the ENT doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose, Throat, Head And Neck Surgery. You can reach them in Thousand Oaks, CA, at (805) 379-9646, in Simi Valley, at (805) 527-7320, in Oxnard, at (805) 983-0395, or in Camarillo, CA, at (805) 484-5929, so call now.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
October 24, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Allergy   sinus  

Is it an allergy or sinus trouble or both? For the most accurate therapies, consult West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery in Thousand Oaks. The team of seven otolaryngologists can differentiate between the conditions which cause your symptoms and get you the relief you deserve.

Which is it?

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy states that people who suffer with allergies, and the resulting overproduction of histamines, may also have sinus problems--repeat infections, structural problems, and continual inflammation. Additionally, one condition may be confused the other.

The doctors at West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery can sort it all out. They perform complete ear, nose, throat examinations, note patient symptoms, do imaging, and endoscopic examination of the sinuses and often recommend allergy testing. With their findings, they formulate the right sinus and allergy therapies for their Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Simi Valley patients.

Allergy therapies

There are many therapies to help people deal with the sneezing, runny nose, itching and watery eyes characteristic of allergies. One of the most important is identification of triggers. What things does a person ingest, breathe in, touch or just live with which may precipitate the body's overproduction of histamine?

Common triggers are pet dander, mold, pollen, peanuts, shellfish, milk, and tobacco smoke. Carefully noting symptoms helps identify triggers, but allergy testing in the office renders more accurate results.

Other therapies can include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Allergy shots (minute amounts of allergens injected to desensitize the body's immune response)
  • Decongestants (oral or nasal sprays)

Sinus therapies

Sinus infections may be acute or chronic (repeated again and again) and feature symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, sneezing, headache, fatigue, and runny nose. Your ENT doctor may advise antihistamines and decongestants or something simple called nasal irrigation (saline water washed through the nose with a Neti pot).

With active infection, antibiotics may help, although physicians are wary of their overuse. While most sinus conditions do not require surgical intervention, some do. Examples are nasal polyps and deviated septum.

We can help

Please don't suffer with allergy and sinus symptoms. At West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery, we pinpoint the problem and get you on the path to wellness. Call (805) 379-9646 for our Thousand Oaks, CA, office, (805) 527-7320 for our Simi Valley, CA, office, (805) 983-0395 for our Oxnard, CA, office, or (805) 484-5929 for our Camarillo, CA, office.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
June 20, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Post-Nasal Drip  

Post-nasal drip affects almost everybody at some point in their lives. The glands in your throat and nose continually produce mucus to filter out foreign matter, moisten nasal membranes, and fight infection. Post-nasal drip can have numerous causes. Post-nasal drop is treatable by medical professionals. West Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery (offices in Thousand Oaks, CA, Simi Valley, CA, Oxnard, CA, and Camarillo, CA) offers treatments for ear, nose and throat problems. Read on to learn more about post-nasal drip.

What is postnasal drip?

Post-nasal drip occurs when excess mucus is produced by the nasal mucosa. When your body starts producing excess mucus, you may feel in the back of your throat. You might also feel mucus dripping down your throat. This is called postnasal drip. Other common symptoms of postnasal drip include a cough that’s worse at night, sore, scratchy throat, feeling that you need to constantly swallow or clear your throat, and bad breath.

What causes post-nasal drip?

Some common causes of post-nasal drip include dry air, cold temperatures, hormonal changes, chemical irritants, pregnancy, and certain foods. Additionally, a number of conditions can cause post-nasal drip, Allergies are a common cause of post-nasal drip. Another common cause of post-nasal drip is a deviated septum, which means that the thin wall of cartilage between your nostrils leans to one side or is displaced. Other causes of post-nasal drip include viral infections and sinus infections.

How can I prevent post-nasal drip?

You can prevent postnasal drip by reducing your exposure to allergens. Keep your house as clean as possible. Change air filters on your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system regularly. Take allergy medication every day or get regular allergy shots. Shower or bathe before bed whenever you’ve spent a lot of time outside if you’re allergic to pollen. Use pillow and mattress covers to protect against dust mites.

Do I need to see an ENT doctor?

Make an appointment with an ENT doctor if your symptoms have persisted through home treatments for more than 10 days. There are some symptoms that could indicate it’s time to see an ENT doctor. These include fever, wheezing, or mucus with a strong odor. These may be symptoms of a bacterial infection, which requires antibiotics. If you have a deviated septum, surgery may be the only way to permanently treat post-nasal drip. This surgery (called a septoplasty) straightens and tightens the nasal septum.

If you need treatment for post-nasal drip, call West Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery right now to schedule an appointment with one of our ENT specialists in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, or Simi Valley. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at West Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery!