The Sleep Evaluation Process

Understanding the causes of snoring and sleep apnea requires a comprehensive evaluation. Left unaddressed, these conditions can have far-reaching consequences, impacting not only sleep quality but also your overall health and well-being. When you are not well-rested, your work and daily activities are more challenging and less enjoyable. At Southern ENT Associates, every patient will have a tailored evaluation to determine the cause of sleep problems. 

Initial Consultation

The process begins with a comprehensive initial consultation. Our ENT specialists take the time to listen to your concerns, medical history, and specific symptoms. This sets the foundation for a tailored evaluation.

Sleep Study (Polysomnography)

A sleep study, or polysomnography, monitors various physiological factors during sleep. This non-invasive test provides valuable insights into sleep patterns, breathing, and potential disruptions, allowing for a precise diagnosis of sleep apnea. The device will measure various factors, including blood-oxygen level, breathing rate, heart rate, and eye and leg movements during normal sleep.

Physical Examination

A specialist on our ENT team may also conduct a thorough physical examination, focusing on the upper respiratory tract, oral cavity, and throat. This examination helps identify anatomical factors contributing to snoring or sleep apnea. Examples include enlarged tonsils or glands in the throat and a deviated septum (central cartilage) in the nose. 

Imaging Studies

While not needed in every case, advanced imaging studies, such as CT scans or MRIs, may be recommended by your doctor. These studies will help visualize the unique structures that make up your airways and help identify any otherwise unobservable obstructions or abnormalities contributing to sleep-related issues.

Continuous Monitoring and Follow-up

The evaluation process is an ongoing collaboration between you, the patient, and our team. Once a plan of action is developed to address the root cause of your sleeping issues, continuous monitoring and follow-up appointments will ensure that progress is tracked. This way, adjustments to the treatment plan can be made as needed to provide the best results. 

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A Restful Tomorrow

Deciding on moving towards your best-rested self by receiving a Snoring and Sleep Apnea Evaluation at Southern ENT Associates opens the door to a multitude of potential benefits:

Accurate Diagnosis:

Pinpoint the precise factors contributing to sleep issues, allowing for a targeted and effective treatment plan.

Personalized Treatment:

Receive a tailored treatment plan to address individual needs and specific contributing factors, ensuring optimal results.

Improved Sleep Quality:

Uncover the key to better sleep by addressing the root causes of snoring and sleep apnea, leading to enhanced sleep quality and daytime functioning.

Comprehensive Care:

Benefit from the extensive expertise of our ENT specialists, who collaborate to provide holistic care throughout the evaluation process and beyond.

Enhanced General Health:

Addressing snoring and sleep apnea contributes to overall well-being, reducing the risk of associated health issues and promoting a healthier, more energized lifestyle.

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A Legacy of Compassionate Care

For over 45 years, Southern ENT Associates has been a pillar of excellence in delivering a full spectrum of ENT services. Our dedicated team of ENT specialists, physicians, and support staff have come together with the shared goal of providing premium compassionate care for our fellow Louisianians. Each member of our team brings extensive experience and expertise, ensuring that our patients receive the highest standard of evaluation and treatment.

Southern ENT Associates invites you to take the first step towards better sleep and improved well-being. Our Evaluation of Snoring and Sleep Apnea service is your gateway to understanding and addressing sleep-related issues. Schedule today and awaken to a brighter tomorrow with Southern ENT Associates, setting the stage for a transformative experience in sleep health.

With 6 convenient locations in Southern Louisiana, we make accessing the treatment you need easy.

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