Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that makes your breathing repeatedly start and stop during your sleep. A deviated septum is a condition where the wall (septum) between your cavities is misaligned, so you have one larger and one smaller nasal chamber.

Even though a deviated septum may not cause sleep apnea, it can certainly worsen it. Double board-certified Dr. Sam Rizk explains the relation between a deviated septum and sleep apnea. There are treatment options in New York to greatly improve your quality of life.

What Is A Deviated Septum?

It is quite common to have a deviated septum. It is estimated that about 80% of all people have some sort of misalignment of their nasal septum. Depending on the severity of the deviation and subsequent reduction of airflow, a deviated septum can cause breathing difficulties. Simply because there is not enough space in one of the nasal chambers or because of crusting and bleeding that some people experience.

Common causes of a deviated septum are a deviation at birth or as a result of an injury. It is easy to diagnose a deviated septum, just book a consultation in our New York office.

What is Sleep Apnea?

When breathing is interrupted frequently during sleep, it is called sleep apnea. This can be a serious disorder, especially if left untreated. Because of the frequent interruptions, the body and brain simply may not get enough oxygen.

Signs of sleep apnea are loud snoring, episodes of stopped breathing during the night, daytime sleepiness, etc. A deviated septum does not necessarily cause sleep apnea but worsens it.

Deviated Septum Sleep Apnea: How to TreatIt?

When you are coping with sleep apnea, it is always wise to have your nose examined. All nasal obstructions have a negative effect on sleep apnea. Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects a deviated septum by repositioning it to the center of the nose. When the two nasal cavities are same-sized it is easier to breathe and this will have a positive effect on sleep apnea.

Why Choose Dr. Rizk to Teat Deviated Septum Sleep Apnea in New York?

NYC double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Rizk is a specialist in the face and the nose. He is considered a rhinoplasty expert in New York and uses innovative techniques to perform nasal procedures such as sinus surgery, rhinoplasty, turbinoplasty, or septoplasty.

Dr. Rizk is trained to handle both the medical and the aesthetic part of nose surgery and always aim for the best results with the shortest recovery time. Do you want to know if NYC septoplasty is the right treatment for you? Book a consultation today at our New York office.

Sam Rizk, MD

By Dr. Sam S. Rizk, M.D., FACS.

Dr. Rizk is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty surgery and a recognized expert on the latest advances in facial plastic surgery techniques. He performs a range of facial plastic surgeries at his New York practice.

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