Sleep Apnea Specialist

Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus

Garrison Morin, MD

Otolaryngology located in Winchester, VA

If you frequently wake up feeling fatigued and your spouse or partner complains about your snoring, you should schedule an assessment for sleep apnea. Board-certified Garrison Morin, MD, offers sleep apnea assessments and treatments at Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus. Don’t let sleep apnea interfere with your rest or your health. Call the Winchester, Virginia, office or make an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that occurs when the soft tissues at the back of your mouth and top of your throat relax and descend to block your airways when you sleep.

When your airway is blocked, you snore and snort, temporarily rousing yourself from sleep to clear your airways.

Sleep apnea ranges in severity. You may only wake up due to blocked airways a couple of times a night or the blockage could occur as often as 30 times every hour. Anyone can develop sleep apnea, however, your risk increases if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Have a large neck circumference
  • Have a narrow airway
  • Are aging
  • Smoke
  • Have nasal congestion

It’s critical to get treatment for sleep apnea at Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus as the disease is linked to complications, including heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease.

What are the signs of sleep apnea?

While snoring and gasping for air while you sleep are the most common signs of sleep apnea, you may experience other symptoms, including:

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Problems paying attention and concentrating
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Waking up frequently to urinate throughout the night

If you’re living with any of these symptoms, contact Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus to schedule an appointment today.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Dr. Morin takes a whole-person approach to diagnose sleep apnea. He offers a comprehensive exam and consultation, taking your medical history and asking about your overall health, lifestyle, and symptoms.

He may also order sleep studies or diagnostic imaging studies to examine the tissues in your throat and at the back of your mouth. Additionally, he may order other lab tests to rule out other conditions that could be causing your symptoms.

How is sleep apnea treated?

At Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus, Dr. Morin offers a wide range of customizable treatments for sleep apnea. He often combines treatments to reduce your sleep apnea, enhance your overall health, and reduce your risk of recurring sleep apnea.

For example, Dr. Morin may recommend an oral appliance to hold your mouth in correct alignment to prevent your soft tissues from descending into your airway or prescribe a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.

He also offers radiofrequency ablation treatments which stiffen the tissue at the back of your throat, keeping it from dropping and blocking your airways.

Additionally, Dr. Morin may help you to lose weight and address other lifestyle factors such as smoking that contribute to sleep apnea.

For expert sleep apnea treatment, call Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus or schedule a consultation online today.