The Connection Between Sleep Apnea and Sinusitis

Sleep ApneaEstimates show that nearly one billion people worldwide between the ages of 30-69 years suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. This condition occurs when a person frequently stops breathing during their sleep. In some cases, the constant pausing can wake the patient up, causing them to be tired during the day.

Although there is an array of causes for sleep apnea, many doctors are finding a link between this condition and sinusitis. With a better understanding of this condition, you will be able to determine if your sleeping problems are caused by sinusitis and what options are available to help.

What Is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a condition that results in inflammation and swelling of the sinuses, which are the spaces inside the nose. This condition can make it difficult for the sinuses to drain, causing mucus to build up. People who suffer from this condition may have difficulties breathing through their nose. They may also experience facial swelling and throbbing, as well as headaches.

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Individuals who have sleep apnea may experience an array of unpleasant symptoms. These can include:

  • Restless sleeping
  • Loud snoring
  • Problems with concentration during the day
  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Sore throats when waking up
  • Headaches when waking up

Those who struggle with both sleep apnea and sinusitis are more likely to experience severe sleep problems, which can extend well beyond chronic sinusitis fatigue. Those who struggle with these conditions can find relief through medical intervention.

Treating Sleep Apnea with Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinus dilation is one of the most advanced methods for helping individuals who snore and suffer from sleep apnea in relation to sinusitis find relief. This procedure involves the insertion of a small balloon, which is partially inflated, into the sinuses.

The procedure will open up the obstructed passageways in the sinuses, providing relief to sufferers. It is important to reach out to a skilled medical professional right away to see if this procedure can help.

Get Help for Your Sleep Apnea

If you are struggling with snoring and sleep apnea and want to find out if it is related to sinusitis, reach out to Del Rey MD by calling 310-823-4444 to schedule an appointment.

Their team has decades of combined experience helping patients throughout the Marina Del Rey and Los Angeles areas find relief through quality care and treatment. Contact their office today to get started on a personalized care plan to help take control of your sleep apnea.

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