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By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
April 09, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: sleep apnea  

Treating Your Sleep Apnea

Do you wake up in the morning still exhausted and half asleep? Are you deprived of the restorative and uninterrupted sleep that is crucial for your health? While you sleep, your body repairs itself, regenerates, and restores, preparing you for the next day. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder in which an obstruction in your airways results in irregular breathing at night. This will not only prevent you from feeling rested in the morning, but also from providing your organs with the necessary oxygen. Sleep apnea is taken very seriously, as it can lead to dangerous health complications. At the Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery, in Highland, IN, we can help you get the diagnosis and treatment you need to regain your well-deserved full-night sleep.

Health risks linked to sleep apnea

Disrupted sleep is associated with many chronic medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. Generally, poor sleep will worsen any medical conditions. Lack of sleep also leads to more frequent accidents such as motor vehicle crashes and workplace injuries.

What are the common symptoms of sleep apnea?

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up abruptly and frequently during the night
  • Irregular breathing
  • Gasping for air while asleep
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

The Otolaryngologist at the Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery, in Highland, IN, is here to help and discuss the sleep apnea solution adapted to your needs.

Sleep apnea solutions

The standard therapy for sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The CPAP machine manipulates air pressure in order to keep your airways open. Alternatively, custom-made oral appliances can also treat sleep apnea. These appliances reposition the tongue and lower jaw, allowing the airways to stay open. Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, exercise, avoiding alcohol, sleeping on your side, and quitting smoking can also ease the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Contact your otolaryngologist in Highland, IN, to schedule a sleep apnea evaluation and get started on your treatment for a better night’s sleep!

Highland, IN Otolaryngologist
Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery
2203 45th Street, Suite B
Highland, IN 46322
(219) 836-4820

By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
January 28, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: sinus problems  

Sinus problems are common and can easily disrupt the quality of life. Furthermore, due to a variety of causes, finding the source of your issue can be difficult. Fortunately, here at the Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, IN, our professionals can diagnose the cause of your problems and personalize a solution for you.

Common Sinus Problems

When your nose isn't working correctly, it may be due to one or more of the following reasons:

  • Sinus infections (sinusitis) - infected, swollen, or inflamed nasal cavities
  • Deviated septum - an off-centering of the vertical wall between your nose
  • Allergies (hay fever) - a damaging immune response that can cause hypersensitivity in the nasal passages
  • Nasal polyps - small growths within the sinus lining

When to See a Doctor

Acute discomfort that doesn't go away on its own can become a chronic issue if left untreated. To avoid this evolution, visit our Highland office if you experience symptoms that suddenly worsen, such as:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Headache accompanied by high fever
  • Vision problems

How We Can Help

Sinus problems will put a damper on your daily tasks for these issues dull our primary senses. Furthermore, they are responsible for the depth and tone of your voice, and if you sound stuffy, you might feel self-conscious when socializing. During a consultation here at the Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery, we can find the source of your problems after performing a physical examination of the facial structures and addressing your specific symptoms. Depending on the severity of your condition, we may recommend prescription-strength nasal sprays, oral/injected corticosteroids, or saline irrigation to deliver relief.

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

If you suffer from congestion, headaches, or facial pressure due to sinus problems, consult with one of the professionals here at the Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery for a proper diagnosis and to begin treatment planning.

For more information about sinus problems, conditions we treat, and the other services that we provide, visit our website. To schedule an appointment in our Highland, IN, office, please call (219) 836-4820.

By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
October 22, 2019
Category: Health
Tags: Sinusitis  
How your ENT specialists in Highland, IN, can help with sinus inflammation
Sinusitis can make you miserable, causing you to miss out on enjoying your life. You might also miss work, school, and important events. sinusitisFortunately, there is help for sinusitis from your ear, nose, and throat surgeon. Here at Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Surgery in Highland, IN, ear, nose & throat surgeon Dr. Bethany Cataldi offers effective treatment for sinusitis to help you feel better.


More about sinusitis and how we can help
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses, often caused by allergies or a fungal or bacterial infection. When you have sinusitis, you may notice:
  • Chronic pain/pressure behind or around your eyes
  • Frequent headaches and a high fever
  • Frequent coughing and sneezing
  • A stuffed up nose and difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Pain and irritation in your nasal passages
  • A colored discharge coming from your nose
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, there are several easy home remedies you can try including:
  • Placing a humidifier in your bedroom to soothe your sinuses and nasal passages
  • Irrigating your sinuses with saline solution to clear out your nasal passages
  • Taking over-the-counter decongestants and medications to thin mucus
  • Using decongestant nasal sprays to reduce congestion and swelling
Stubborn, chronic cases of sinusitis are best treated by an ENT specialist. At our office in Highland, IN, Dr. Cataldi may recommend:
  • Allergy testing and allergy treatment if your sinusitis is caused by allergies
  • Prescription-strength decongestants and antihistamines to reduce your symptoms
  • Antibiotic medications if your sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection
  • Nasal and oral corticosteroid medications to reduce inflammation and swelling
  • Balloon sinuplasty or surgical therapy to treat blockages, abnormalities, and structural issues in your sinuses


Contact us
If you have sinusitis, you can get relief from an ear, nose & throat specialist. It's time to feel better by scheduling an appointment with ear, nose, throat surgeon Dr. Bethany Cataldi at Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Surgery in Highland, IN. Dial (219) 836-4820 today!
By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
May 20, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology

Are you sleeping poorly but don't even know it? Do your family members complain that your snoring is loud and disruptive? Are you tired sleep apneaand cranky even if you went to bed on time the night before? If so, you may have sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition that can be treated by our Highland, IN, ENT physician at the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery. Don't ignore the symptoms of this sleep disorder—read on to learn all about sleep apnea treatment!


FAQS about sleep apnea

What is sleep apnea? Classified as a sleep disorder, sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing while they are asleep. Characterized by extremely loud snoring, and sudden wakefulness, sleep apnea at its most serious stages carries the distinct threat of cutting the brain off of oxygen. That's why it requires medical treatment from your Highland ENT doctor.

Are there different kinds of sleep apnea? Yes, there are different kinds. OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when the tongue and other soft oral tissues relax and cover the airway. Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, is related to missed communication between the lungs and brain. Mixed sleep apnea combines features of the other two.

Why do people develop this sleep disorder? Experts at the National Sleep Foundation say that more men than women develop sleep apnea of one kind and severity or another. Obesity and large neck circumference are predisposing factors as are age (60 or older) and alcohol consumption.

Why should sleep apnea be treated? The oxygen deprivation caused by sleep apnea is truly dangerous. Patients exhibit several worrisome symptoms, including:

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension

How is this sleep disorder diagnosed? Many people speak to their primary care physicians or dentists about their snoring problems. These health care providers, in turn, refer the patients to the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery for an examination and/or sleep studies. Sleep studies are performed either at home or in a sleep lab, and they reveal all of the information related to a patient's apneic episodes. Five or more episodes of breathing cessation per hour is diagnostic for sleep apnea, according to the the National Sleep Foundation.

What are some common sleep apnea treatments? OSA responds well to oral appliance therapy, which entails using in-the-mouth acrylic guards to hold the jaw forward and open the airway. Best used to treat CSA, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) achieves the same purpose by using a bedside machine to deliver oxygen through a facial mask. Some patients use both kinds of therapies, while others benefit from tonsil-removing surgery or adenoids to stiffen the soft palate.


Need sleep apnea treatment? Give us a call!

If you would like to know more about snoring and sleep disorders, please contact the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, IN, for a consultation with one of our doctors. Phone (219) 836-4820 today!

By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
February 07, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sinus Issues  

From nasal polyps and deviated septums to chronic sinusitis, we handle it all.

Every year, over 31 million Americans deal with sinus infections and over $1 billion is spent on over-the-counter medications to help treat sinus problems. Don’t let your sinus problems affect your quality of life. Our Highland, IN, ENT doctors are here to help.


Common Sinus Issues

Facial pressure, difficulty breathing and nasal congestion may be just some of the symptoms you’ll experience if you are dealing with sinus problems. The most common sinus issues include,

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Deviated septum (when the wall that separates the two nasal cavities is crooked or misaligned, which can lead to partial or even full blockages)
  • Nasal polyps (growths that develop within the sinuses or lining of the nose)
  • Allergic rhinitis (also referred to as hay fever)
  • Blockage
  • Respiratory tract infection

Many of these conditions, particularly sinusitis, nasal polyps, and allergies can lead to symptoms such as,

  • Facial pain and pressure
  • A runny or stuffed up nose
  • Facial pain that radiates into the upper teeth
  • Postnasal drip
  • Snoring


When to See an Otolaryngologist

While an acute sinus infection alone won’t often warrant someone to visit our Highland, IN, otolaryngologists it is important to understand when you should schedule an evaluation. If your symptoms are persistent or don’t respond to at-home care, it’s time to see us. You should also schedule an appointment if you experience,

  • Trouble breathing
  • Worsening symptoms
  • Recurring ear, throat, or sinus problems
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Double vision
  • Loss of smell or problems with smelling
  • Regular nosebleeds
  • Chronic nasal congestion and facial pressure
  • Headaches with a high fever

While some patients may visit their regular doctor for minor issues like an acute sinus infection or allergies, you may want to turn to an ear, nose and throat physician if you are dealing with worsening or recurring sinus problems. If you are dealing with serious pain or discomfort, don’t wait to get the issue treated.


Give Us a Call!

The Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, IN, wants to help you figure out what’s going on with your sinuses and determine how we can treat the issue effectively. If you are losing the battle with your sinuses give us a call today at (219) 836-4820.

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