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A 34-year-old member asked:

what can you do to turn the pressure down on a sleep apnea machine?

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Dr. Navdeep Virk
Cosmetic Dentistry 20 years experience
Depends: What kind of machine do you have these days most of the machines comes with auto check which adjust the pressure automatically, however you can get an oral appliance made with your CPAP and that lowers the pressure tremendously.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Sleep Apnea: You are required to consult your sleep specialist and technologist to adjust pressure, you should not try it by your self as it can lead to complications such as increased pressure causing central apneas etc. Autopap machines are supposed to adjust pressure themselves.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry 40 years experience
A dentist replies: The CPAP is titrated by the sleep doctor, so do not do it on your own. You can work with a trained dentist and your sleep physician. A mad appliance, mandibular advancement device, can be made by a dentist that can allow the physician to reduce the pressure or perhaps eliminate the need for CPAP in some cases.
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 37 years experience
Call your CPAP tech: The pressure that is programmed into your CPAP is adjustable, but should be adjusted by your CPAP technician or your md who is supervising the treatment of your sleep apnea. Call and let them know what you want to do, and they can make any necessary adjustments, if appropriate.

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Has there been any link found between sleep apnea and seizures?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Apnea can increase the rate of seizure activity.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Are there homeopathic remedies for sleep apnea?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
No: No. Sleep apnea is a serious medical problem. The literature demonstrates that if you have apnea, you are 4-7 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Your risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease is elevated. And apnea is associated with a shortened life span. Please have a sleep specialist evaluate you if you think you have apnea.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can sleep apnea become a chronic condition?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: By definition sleep apnea is a chronic medical condition. The only mechanism by which it "goes away" is with CPAP (used nightly), surgery, (mouth guard used nightly) and/or weight loss.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are sleep apnea doctors called?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
MDs: Several specialist take care of sleep apnea 1) pulmonary specialists 2) ear, nose, and throat specialist 3) neurologists and several others.
Dr. H. Michael Lambert
Retinal Surgery 44 years experience
Look for a sleep apnea clinic. Many cities have specialists in this disorder with diagnostic facilities available.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the first treatment for sleep apnea?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
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 treatmemts may include surgery or oral appliances. New investigational devices look promising.
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 54 years experience
CPAP for many years was considered the first line of treatment for sleep apnea. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine in February 2006, published new parameters of treatment. They said that for mild or moderate sleep apnea or someone with severe sleep apnea who wouldn't or couldn't use a CPAP, an oral appliance could be the treatment of choice. This is due at least in part because the compliance of use is usually much higher.
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