Sleep medicine at CEENTA

Since 1923, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. (CEENTA) has been the region’s premier ear, nose, and throat care provider for adult and pediatric patients. CEENTA has several otolaryngologists specially trained in sleep disorders – including insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, and narcolepsy – and sleep medicine. Patients with symptoms of insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, narcolepsy and many other sleep problems will first meet with one of our otolaryngologists specializing in sleep medicine. If a sleep study is needed, patients can stay at The Sleep Center at Southpark, a nationally-accredited location from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine that offers a sleep study in the comfort of a hotel suite. After diagnosis, our multidisciplinary team of specialists can then recommend a range of treatment options, including sleep medicine, CPAP therapy, or surgery, all of which can be done in-house. Many sleep disorders are related to the ear, nose, and throat, and most of our sleep doctors are also ENT doctors, providing patients a continuum of care throughout their treatment. Please call 704.295.3000 to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians.

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CPAP Therapy

CPAP masks and machines are supposed to help you sleep better, and yet many people have such difficulty becoming accustomed to the masks that they stop using them entirely. We understand how trying it can be to sleep with one, especially if you are not accustomed to it. Many struggle with compliance and have trouble sleeping with the mask on or accepting the airflow it provides. Of course, one will only benefit you if you are using it.

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When most people think of insomnia, they think of someone who struggles to sleep and thus stays up through all hours of the night. Not only do they have difficulty falling asleep, but they can often wake up in the middle of the night and not fall back asleep, wake up too early in the morning, and feel tired when they do wake up. Sleeplessness is the most common symptom, but it’s not the only one. Other symptoms include depression, irritability, headaches, digestive problems and daytime sleepiness. Just as there are a variety of symptoms, there are also a wide variety of causes. Stress, medications, caffeine or alcohol usage and even the sleeping environment can all cause insomnia. Insomnia is often caused by other conditions, such as depression or sleep apnea, for instance. In such cases, insomnia is cured by treating the underlying condition that has caused it.

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Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder in which people have difficulty regulating their sleep-wake cycles. It is most often characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and abnormal REM sleep. Narcoleptics often fall asleep in the middle of the day and are tired throughout the day. Because they have abnormal sleep patterns, they are not getting more sleep. Instead, they are often more tired than other people because their sleep is disrupted.

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Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome — sometimes referred to as Willis-Ekbom disease — is a disorder in which unpleasant tickling or itching sensations create an urge to move one’s legs. It is considered a sleep disorder because it often affects people as they are going to sleep or relaxing. Many people with restless legs syndrome also experience limb jerking during sleep.

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. Approximately 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, though many are not diagnosed with the sleep disorder. Oftentimes the person who suffers from it is not even aware their breathing is stopped or slowed during sleep; rather, they are told about their condition by others who witness it. They may also suffer from symptoms of this condition without knowing that is what they derive from. People with this condition often exhibit “excessive daytime sleepiness,” moodiness, depression and a decrease in alterness. A polysomnogram (or sleep study) allows a sleep doctor or technician to diagnose the condition.

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Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders are very common, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that sleep deprivation affects more than 25 percent of Americans. Sleep is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. In today’s fast-paced world, many people have trouble working in the amount of sleep they need each night. The term “sleep disorders” can refer to a wide variety of disorders that either prevent or disrupt sleep. Sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea, sleep terrors, sleep walking, snoring, and restless leg syndrome.

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Sleep Studies

CEENTA has several ENT doctors specially trained in sleep disorders – including insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, and narcolepsy – and sleep medicine. Patients with symptoms of any of these conditions must first meet with one of our ENT doctors, who will determine if a sleep study is needed.

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Sleep Terrors

Sleep terrors, or night terrors, is a sleep disorder in which sleepers experience feelings of dread or terror, usually during stage three or four (non REM) sleep. Though sleep terrors can affect people of all ages, they are predominantly found in children — especially in children ages 2-6. After having a night terror, many children will scream and bolt upright. Other symptoms of night terrors include fast breathing, sweating and having a rapid heart rate. Children may be confused and unable to immediately recognize others after a sleep terror.

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Sleepwalking — also known as somnambulism — is a sleep disorder in which sleepers arise from their sleep and perform activities such as walking, sitting up, cleaning, cooking and driving.

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We don’t need to tell you what snoring is. Chances are good you’ve heard it at some point during your life, or perhaps you snore yourself. After all, studies show that between 30-50 percent of adults snore. We’re all more than familiar what snoring sounds like — but what causes it? To put it simply, snoring occurs when your breathing is obstructed while sleeping, causing the walls of the throat to vibrate and produce the sound we call “snoring.” Snoring can be caused by obstructed nasal airways, bulky throat tissue, poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue, and long soft palates or uvulas.

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