Sacramento Ear, Nose and Throat uses the most innovative and advanced head and neck surgical techniques to provide treatment for the following serious health conditions:
Sacramento ENT offers both diagnosis and treatment for sleep-disordered breathing that is efficient and tailored to each patient’s anatomy and degree of disease. At SacENT, comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for both children and adults with sleep related disorders are provided. We offer home sleep testing (HST) to appropriate patients. Home sleep studies have been found to correlate closely with a full attended sleep study in a sleep lab for about one tenth the price. They are covered by Medicare and most insurers.
Ear, nose and throat physicians routinely assess the upper airway, which is where sleep apnea originates. Sacramento ENT has board certified physicians in both ENT and Sleep Medicine. Our Physicians are also available to consult with physicians and patients on other sleep-related issues. These include insomnia, irregular sleep-wake cycles, circadian disorders related to age and work schedules, restless leg movements, reflux, and problems with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment and bi-level positive airway pressure (BIPAP) treatment.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), in which positive air pressure is applied through a mask to prevent the airway from collapsing, is usually the first treatment for sleep apnea. As the success of CPAP has been found to correlate closely with the degree of nasal problems a patient has, it is very appropriate that any conditions such as sinusitis, nasal obstruction, reflux, and allergy are both diagnosed and treated at the same time. Oral appliance therapy and surgical interventions are offered as needed. These range from minimally invasive treatments of the palate and turbinates to full surgery.
If you, your child, or your bed partner experience or are diagnosed as having chronic fatigue, depression, loss of libido, snoring, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, heart disease, memory problems, attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or excessive sleepiness, please call our office for a consultation with one of our physicians. SacENT will efficiently diagnose your sleep disorder and will recommend a comprehensive treatment plan for you that will allow you to improve the quality of your sleep, your life, and your overall health.
There is a wealth of information available for patients with sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Please see the links below for additional information.
Epworth Sleepiness Scale
This is the standard series of questions that are widely used to see how your sleep affects your daily life. You will rate how likely you are to fall asleep in certain situations.
Please evaluate how likely you are to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired. Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 = no chance of dozing
1 = slight chance of dozing
2 = moderate chance of dozing
3 = high chance of dozing
Please contact us if you have concerns about your sleep or sleep score from the test below.