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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Felecia Sumner
9 years experience in Family Medicine
Treatment: Mild sleep apnea is usually treated with lifestyle changes: 1. Weight loss in overweight and obese patients, with consideration of bariatric surgery 2 ... Read More

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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
29 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Apnea: This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wlodzimierz Wisniewski
29 years experience in Neonatology
Pause in breathing: Apnea means you stop breathing for more than considered normal, you may end up with lower oxygenation in your brain, headaches and other problems. You ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
31 years experience in Dentistry
No, not by itself: Average person stops breathing/obstructs up to 5 times per hour. Mild apnea is 5-15 x per hour; moderate >15; and severe >30. You are proper age ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience in Pain Management
Proven : Yes proven. Treat it and live longer and happier.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
13 years experience in Family Medicine
Usually not.: However, many people who are stressed drink alcohol which can exacerbate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is usually caused by the obstruction of the airways ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael DePietro
34 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: CPAP will greatly help symptoms, this is a mask that applies a low level of air pressure to the airway keeping it from blocking during sleep and effec ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
23 years experience in Geriatric Psychiatry
Possibly: Osa can cause chronic low oxygen in the blood and this can lead to vascular damage. It can definitely increase your risk of dementia.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
27 years experience in Psychiatry
Both: Both are serious conditions, manageable with treatment, and serious if neglected. The severity varies in every particular case, the classification is ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evan Altman
18 years experience in Psychiatry
OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops (apnea) during sleep usually as a result of a temporary obstruction such as a narrowing and closin ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Meaningless: Perhaps there is a misunderstanding. Apnea means "not breathing", and the loss of the drive to breathe is generally (not always) one of the last thing ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
No: Sleep apnea can cause headaches, dry mouth, mood and personality changes, excessive sleepiness. It is not a painful condition.
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A member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience in Preventive Medicine
Diet + supplements: I have found that cental apnea is related to thiamine homeostasis, meaning that something is wrong with vcitamin b1 metabolism. I have treated a numbe ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
28 years experience in Pain Management
Yes: Actually having sleep apnea can be stopped with weight loss, cpap, or possible surgery. Another issue is the lung and/or heart damage that may have ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Many different types: The surgery depends on where the anatomical problem is. If the only problem is extremely large tonsils then tonsillectomy can be curative. More often ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Saurabh Bajpai
8 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Insomia: High blood pressure, fatigue and insomnia are one of the most common symptoms associated with sleep apnea. With severe conditions you can be deprived ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Keenan
37 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Maybe both: It sounds like several of these problems may be due to being overweight. If that is the case, probably the best thing you can do for your health is t ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Very: As i tell my patients... CPAP is 100% effective 100% of the time you are using it. Unfortunatley compliance is about 50%. Bottom line... If you are us ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience in Sleep Medicine
Not great: Results vary. In appropriately selected patients the surgery can be very successful, 70-80%. Also it depends on what surgery is being talked about m ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Obesity can cause obstructive sleep apnea (osa). A person with osa may not have enough space in the throat area, so air can't flow easily to the lungs ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
CPAP: CPAP is the first line treatment for sleep apnea. Weight loss should always be considered if the BMI (body mass index) is 30 or above. Other treatmemt ... Read More
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A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience in Family Medicine
Probably not: Probably no cure but sure can try! weight loss is essential. After that, treatment as advised by a sleep specialist, c-pap and all. One may need a ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
44 years experience in Dentistry
Some treatments: The first necessity is make sure you have a sleep study. The treatments will depend upon the severity of the osa. It can be mild, moderate or severe ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: Sleep apnea is not inherited per se. There is no identified gene that causes sleep apnea but it tends to be familial - runs in families.
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience in Pain Management
Definitely, SA: occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway, often accompanied by the loud snoring. Another comm ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience in Pain Management
No: Obstructive sleep apnea (osa) is a condition of cessation of breathing during sleep. It is due to obstruction of the oropharyngeal airway usually at t ... Read More
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A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
No. Yes.: Obstructive sleep apnea is linked to being overweight & obese. Losing weight can often resolve sleep apnea. In fact a new guideline suggests focusing ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience in Medical Oncology
No.: No.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Cheng
25 years experience in Family Medicine
It depends: You may need both or either one depending on how one may benefit you over the other. CPAP can still help central apnea but a bit more tricky. You shou ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
36 years experience in Dentistry
Yes: It has been published that it affects 4% of men and 2% of women, but personally, i think it is much higher. Unfortunately, it has been given lower pr ... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
21 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Hard to say: Usually things that worsen sleep apnea is weight gain, alcohol, and other sedating medicines. Not sure that dehydration can do it.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
32 years experience in Bariatrics
See below: Talk to your pulmonologist...They will advise you on what drug could be a benefit.
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience in Prosthodontics
Yes: In a word - yes. OSA can be devastating and destructive. The repercussions of inadequate oxygen supply to the brain as well as insufficient uninterrup ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Farhad Sigari
19 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Good Question!: No, not always. However, those who snore loudly should be screened for sleep apnea with a detailed history and possibly a sleep study. Those who snore ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ramin Ipakchi
21 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Likely not: Paranoia is unlikely to cause obstructive sleep apbea but somethings can cause paranoia and central sleep apnea but this is extremely rare
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonna Larsh
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Lose weight: Most people with sleep apnea are overweight, though not all are. If you are overweight, losing the excess pounds can cure sleep apnea. If you are no ... Read More
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A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rommen
8 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes, with provisions: Certainly the biggest risk factor for developing obstructive sleep apnea (osa) is excessive weight (bmi >25). Having great health habits like adequate ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
63 years experience in Diabetology
Maybe: This condition tends to occur in about 1/3 of family members. However it is related to being overweight, alcohol intake and certain physical characte ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Debra Carter-Miller
42 years experience in Family Medicine
Sleep Apnea: 2 types of sleep apnea exist:obstructive and central. Obstructive type more common, is related to weight, crowded throat and neck size. Snoring is com ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience in Internal Medicine
Not that we : Are aware of. Symptoms include daytime sleepiness , restless sleep, loud snoring , waking up gasping for air, waking up with morning headache , waking ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
23 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Apnea risk: The biggest risk for sleep apnea is either being a man or post menopausal female. Other risk factors include obesity, age greater than 50, a neck siz ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience in Neurology
You just said it: The risks of surgery and the risk of flying in an aircraft are very similar in terms the most critical periods of time. Going under and coming back i ... Read More
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