This is the official name of a surgeon who deals with issues concerning the Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck
Yes, smoking is not only harmful to your health but can cause complications during surgery. It can affect the anaesthetic and your healing time, so it is recommended that you stop at least 24 hours before you go to the hospital. It is preferred however, that you stop a week before your surgery.
To be eligible to claim the service through Medicare, a referral from another Doctor is required. Note that a referral from a GP is valid for 12 months and a referral from a specialist is valid for 3 months.
OSA is a disorder that causes complete or partial obstruction of the upper airway, causing you to stop breathing multiple times per hour during sleep. It is a very serious condition that can not only increase your chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke, but also affect your daily quality of life. It is a good thing that you have a diagnosis and can start a treatment pathway to improve your health.
A good night sleep is vital to our health and is just as important as diet and exercise. We need good sleep so our bodies are able to function to their full potential and enjoy life. A lack of sleep can cause serious health problems, and affect relationships and work.
BADNIGHTS is SleepGP’s very own referral system. By answering the questions on the pad at reception, we will be able to determine whether you have signs or symptoms of a sleep disorder. You can then take this to your SleepGP and take the steps to getting a diagnosis.
The CPAP device automatically generates and increases air pressure into your airways while you sleep. The airflow opens your airways, stops you snoring and maximises your chances of having a much needed good night’s rest. Some people need more air pressure than others and it varies from person to person.
CPAP treatment is a very safe and is a highly effective treatment of OSA.
Your SleepGP clinic offer a trial of a machine to see if the treatment is suitable for you. Your Sleep Nurse can walk you through the device, show you how it works and be there to help you with any questions you have during the trial period.
While all CPAP devices do the same thing, some come with specific comfort features that make the device more comfortable for some people. Your Sleep Nurse can take you through the devices to find a solution that matches your individual needs.
SleepGP knows that every patient is different and one solution won’t fix every sleep issue. We offer a range of treatment options should the CPAP device not work for you. It is important that you find a treatment that not only manages your condition, but also causes minimum disruption to your life and the lives of those close to you.
At SleepGP, we offer sleep studies in the comfort of your own home AND you skip the waiting lists that can be up to 6 months.
Once you have completed your sleep study, the data will be sent to our Sleep Technician who will ‘score’ your study and look for any signs of Sleep Apnoea. The results will then be passed onto our Sleep Physician who will examine the results, make a final conclusion and suggest possible treatment options. The report will be sent to the Doctor that referred you.
Ear Clinic FAQ
Ear Wax is normal in healthy amounts and works as a self-cleaning agent with protective, lubricating, and antibacterial properties. If you don’t have enough of it, it may result in dry and itchy ears.
No, cotton buds can actually push the wax further into the ear canal, compacting it and risking your chances of rupturing your eardrum.
The most common causes of itchy ears are wax build up, fungal infection, allergy, dermatitis or wet ears. A consultation with the Coolangatta Ear Clinic will ensure that the right treatment is prescribed.
To avoid getting surfers or swimmers ear, plug your ears to protect them from water and wind. You can also use Aqua Ear to dry the ear canal after swimming.
This differs dramatically from person to person. Some patients need their ears cleaned every few months whilst others annually and some patients never require additional cleaning.
Wax can be lumpy, dry, flakey, soft or even sticky like honey. It also varies depending on race.
The short answer is no. Ear candles can not only lead to burns, but they may also block the ear passage and perforate the eardrum. Research also shows that it is ineffective in removing wax build up.
Anyone who is regularly exposed to loud noise should have an annual hearing test. You are encouraged to have a hearing test immediately if you notice a change in your hearing.
Pain can be caused by a number of issues that include wax accumulation, ear canal infection, eardrum infection or fluid in the middle ear. Pain in the ear is not normal and you should consult a doctor.