Sleep Apnea Specialist

Dr. Ghatan Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery

Eliot Y. Ghatan, MD

Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology located in Ocean Parkway, Midwood, Brooklyn, NY

An estimated 25 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnea. At Dr. Ghatan Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Ocean Parkway, Midwood of Brooklyn, New York, seasoned dermatologist and dermatological surgeon, Eliot Y. Ghatan, MD, FRCPC, offers fruitful solutions for sleep apnea to improve your sleep quality and your quality of life. If you’re experiencing the concerning symptoms of sleep apnea, such as excessive daytime fatigue and loud snoring, call Dr. Ghatan Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery or book online.

Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing repeatedly starts and stops during your sleep. This disorder often prevents you from reaching the deeper stages of your sleep cycle that are highly beneficial for your general health. It’s common, and can affect people of all ages, including children.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea that involves the temporary relaxation of your throat muscles, such as your tongue and soft palate. Relaxed throat muscles can narrow or close your airway and inhibit breathing.

When you can’t get enough air supply, it can decrease the amount of oxygen in your blood. Your brain detects your difficulty breathing and quickly wakes you from your sleep so you can open your airway.

If sleep apnea isn’t properly treated, it can increase the risk of conditions like stroke and heart disease.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea can come along with a plethora of symptoms, such as:

  • Irritability
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Loud snoring
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Morning headaches
  • Shortness of breath when waking

Sleep interruption can happen anywhere from 5-30 times or more in a single hour. Many people don’t recall the interruptions.

What causes sleep apnea?

There isn’t a cut and dry cause of sleep apnea, but there are various risk factors that might play a role, such as:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • A narrowed airway
  • Nasal congestion and allergies
  • Sedatives and alcohol

Sleep apnea appears more commonly in men.

What are the treatments for sleep apnea?

Dr. Ghatan provides the NightLase® (Fontana) laser treatment — a non-invasive laser treatment that works by decreasing the amplitude of snoring and opening your airway.

Using a special probe, Dr. Ghatan delivers laser energy to heat the tissues in precise places in your mouth to help widen the opening, reduce the sound of snoring, and lessen the effects of sleep apnea.

NightLase is simple, safe, and effective. There’s no downtime, no anesthesia, and no need to wear a device while you sleep. The laser energy is gentle and safe enough to be used on sensitive tissue inside your mouth.

With NightLase there are 3-4 separate treatment sessions that take place over a 6-9 week period. Each treatment session takes about 20 minutes. Your final treatment results can last up to a year or more and the therapy can be repeated.

Dr. Ghatan might also suggest certain lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation, nutrition, exercise, weight loss, and stress management.

Call or schedule online for quality treatment for your sleep apnea.