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Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio on Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes the repeated disruption of breathing during sleep, depriving the brain and body of oxygen. If the disorder is not treated, then health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes, depression, and ADHD can be exacerbated. If your sleep apnea is not severe, then changes including weight loss, altering your sleep position, and the avoidance of alcohol, sleeping pills, and smoking may be able to treat the disorder. For more severe sleep apnea, doctors may recommend the continuous positive airway pressure treatment (CPAP), which entails wearing a mask that supplies a flow of air to keep your airways open. If you have such issues as enlarged tonsils or an overbite that causes your sleep apnea, then surgery may be recommended to correct these issues. Lastly, it is possible to treat the disorder by using a specially made dental device to hold your airway open.

About the author: Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio is an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist based in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio offers various treatments for ENT problems, such as ear infections, swallowing issues, and sleep apnea.

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Diagnosing Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

By Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio

In order to diagnose diseases and disorders affecting the head and the neck, otolaryngologists employ various procedures depending on the patient’s symptoms. To ease the process of diagnosis, the patient should be ready to answer questions the doctor may ask, such as the nature of the symptoms, when they started, and the personal or family ear, nose, and throat disorder history. Once the doctor has collected this information, she will perform a diagnostic procedure.

-If an ear infection is suspected, the doctor will use an otoscope to observe the inner ear canal. If bacteria are found, the doctor will most likely prescribe an antibiotic.

-In cases of suspected sinus infections, the doctor will use an endoscope to look through the nose into the sinus cavity and check for inflammation or unusual discharge.

Sleep apnea, or frequent cessation of breathing during sleep, may be difficult to diagnose because it requires a sleep study. The doctor will look for peripheral evidence by asking questions related to sleep and snoring as well as observing if the tonsils or uvula have become inflamed.

About Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio: Based in Portland, Oregon, otolaryngologist Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio, MD, currently practices at Portland Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists.