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A 43-year-old member asked:

How can i tell if someone has sleep apnea?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
See answer: If you witness someone who is usually overweight, snores alot, and you see waking up and gasping for air (apneic periods) you can almost guarantee they have a sleep apnea. Proper testing should be done to confirm and the proper treatment can be started.
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Symptoms and suspici: You have to be suspicous for the condition. It is not always the overweight person who snores. Think about daytime fatigue or waking up frequently at night without having a cause. There are a few online questionnaires that may be helpful. Bedparters can also be very helpful because they may hear the person stop breathing.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How can I comfort someone with sleep apnea?

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Dr. Matthew Hyde
Dentistry 41 years experience
With understanding: Once they have started therapy (cpap or oral device) be understanding that they are better with device(even if the air blows on your face or the noise of machine bothers you). Also be aware that the snoring sound may not completely stop.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How to tell what are symptoms of sleep apnea?

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Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 32 years experience
See below: major symptoms are snoring, witnessed apneas; non-restorative sleep, daytime somnolence. often sleep apnea is associated with migraines, arrhythmias of the heart such as afib. may also increase the risk of heart failure or heart attack.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Tell me about sleep apnea surgeries?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Enough: The surgery involves decreasing the amount of obstruction in your airway to improve air flow and decrease apneic periods. This may involve removing your uvula, tonsils/adenoids and fatty tissues in your poseterior pharyngeal area.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How to tell if my son has sleep apnea?

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Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
Observe: The only way to tell for sure is a sleep study.. But clues to having sleep apnea include being tired during the day, snoring, and he stops breathing during his sleep. The risk is also bigger if he his overweight or has large tonsils. I would suggest having him see a physician for an evaluation.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Could someone take imovane with sleep apnea?

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Dr. James Courey
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Not typically: Imovane is a central nervous system depressant prescribed as a sleep aid medication (. Because imovane can worsen symptoms of respiratory disorders, people with sleep apnea, emphysema, asthma or bronchitis may not be able to safely take imovane. Never take any sleep aid without the supervision of a physician.

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