Houston ENT and Allergy Blog

James Martin, MD

Dr. Martin is double boarded in Otolaryngology as well as Sleep Medicine and the only otolaryngologist to be board certified in Sleep Medicine in Fort Bend County.

Recent Posts

ADHD and Children with Sleep Disordered Breathing (Sleep Apnea)

By:
James Martin, MD
October 26, 2017
June 28, 2019 08:53 PM
adhd and sleep apnea

  Over the past 20 years, both parents and teachers in the U.S. have reported widespread levels of kids with impulsive behavior, trouble focusing and hyperactivity. Policymakers, scientists, and educators have all labeled attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a nationwide crisis that led to them investing billions of dollars to look into its cause. Some factors they've looked into are brain development, genetics, the push for early academics, exposure to lead, and more. But, what if it's not ADHD after all causing these behaviors in children? What if it's something more obvious such as sleep? As many researchers are now suggesting,  it is possible that children these days are just not getting enough sleep — and this is leading to troubling behaviors that actually mimic ADHD. … Read More

Enuresis (Bed Wetting) in Children: Common Causes and Reasons

By:
James Martin, MD
October 24, 2017
June 28, 2019 08:57 PM
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  Enuresis is the term giving to older children (over five years old) who wet their bed during the night while they are asleep. Bedwetting can happen several times a week or every night. For many children, bedwetting resolves on its own without any treatment intervention. However, when it doesn’t resolve, parents begin to worry about their child having an underlying medical condition. Many children think they're alone in wetting the bed every night. This can make them feel bad. However, kids with enuresis are far from alone. Around 15 percent of kids this age are affected. And, while kids will naturally gain control of their bladder at night, they all don't do it at the same age. There are many causes of enuresis in children and they can range from poor toilet habits in the daytime to emotional problems. However,  up to 80 percent of children with enuresis have concurrent obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), making it one of the top signs and symptoms of sleep apnea in children.… Read More

What is a Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy (T&A)?

By:
James Martin, MD
October 20, 2017
June 28, 2019 08:58 PM
tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy

As part of our series on pediatric sleep apnea, we’d like to explain more about one of the potential treatments for sleep apnea in children – the tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A). Sleep apnea is no small matter for children. In addition to the health risk it represents, it can also lead to social problems for children, underperforming in school, bedwetting, behavioral issues, and other problems. Most parents are highly concerned about the risks of sleep apnea and want to learn as much as possible about the condition and the tools available to treat it. This guide will help you make important decisions about whether a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A) is the right choice for your child.… Read More

Top 10 Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea in Children

By:
James Martin, MD
October 18, 2017
June 28, 2019 08:49 PM
sleep apnea in children

  As parents, you want the best for your child. One of your biggest fears is that something would come along to compromise the health of your child or place that health at risk. Sleep apnea is a condition that affects nearly three percent of children, according to a scholarly article appearing in the Korean Journal of Pediatrics.… Read More

Sleep Apnea in Children: Treatment Options

By:
James Martin, MD
October 12, 2017
June 28, 2019 08:51 PM
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While children may not struggle with sleep apnea as much as adults (five percent children vs. 26 percent adults), this condition is still common enough in kids to cause concern for parents. Children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are usually tired during the day. They often display behavioral problems such as having trouble paying attention since they're not getting the quality sleep they need each night.… Read More

Sleep Apnea in Children: Signs, Symptoms, and Causes

By:
James Martin, MD
October 10, 2017
June 28, 2019 08:50 PM
sleep apnea, sleep apnea in children

  Many people think that sleep apnea is only a condition that affects adults, particularly overweight, middle-aged individuals.  However, sleep apnea also occurs in children.   According to the National Sleep Foundation, one sleep-related breathing condition that affects over 18 million people in the U.S., including two to three percent of children of all ages is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA runs in families and occurs more in children with enlarged tonsils and adenoids (lymph nodes behind the nose and in the throat). As a parent, you should known that doctors often diagnose children who have sleep apnea with a different disorder, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), since the children don't conform to the common patient profile. For example, a pediatric patient with sleep apnea may present with symptoms of hyperactivity,  whereas an adult with the condition is overly tired.… Read More

Enlarged Adenoids and Sleep Apnea

In our last blog, we wrote about the struggles of living with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and what factors can lead to OSA. As a trusted ENT clinic in Katy, we want to help patients understand exactly what's causing their OSA, and what they can do to overcome it. One possible cause of sleep apnea is enlarged adenoids, and if that's the case, it's important to treat them as soon as possible. At Houston ENT & Allergy, we can provide precise diagnosis and treatment options for any adenoid problem.… Read More

Living with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects hundreds of thousands of Americans, and if you're someone who's living with OSA (or you live with someone who has OSA) you know how difficult each night can be. If you're constantly waking up because of a lack of breath, or you're being woken by a spouse or partner who is snoring or rasping loudly throughout the night, it's important to seek treatment right away. At Houston ENT & Allergy in Town & Country, we can provide relief for your sleep apnea, and also help you learn how to live with OSA on a daily basis.… Read More

Visit an ENT Specialist and Stop Snoring

For many people, snoring isn't something that bothers them, but it makes sleeping difficult for their partner or their family. There are several devices and methods to correct snoring, and perhaps you've tried a few of them, but found them to be mostly ineffective or uncomfortable to wear while you sleep. At Houston ENT & Allergy in Sugar Land, we've helped many patients with snoring problems, and the procedure we perform is quick and effective.… Read More

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