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please share a tip on some do's and don'ts with regard to sleep apnea.

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Consider: Consider seeing a dentist who specializes in making oral sleep mouthpieces for mild sleep apnea.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Oral: Oral mouthpieces for snoring and mild sleep apnea can help prevent further health problems.
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 50 years experience
Get: Get an oral mouthpiece to minimize snoring and sleep apnea.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Do: Do sleep 8-9 hours a day. Don't eat 4 hours before you go to sleep.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea can severely limit quality sleep. A CPAP machine can be life changing.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Be: Be supportive of your significant other and help them if they snore or have sleep apnea.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
If: If you snore, see otolaryngologist or pulmonologist, to rule out sleep apnea.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
If: If considering an oral mouthpiece for snoring/sleep apnea, get your teeth restored first if needed.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Obstructive: Obstructive sleep apnea treatment can lead to more restful sleep and healthier bodies.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
If: If your partner tells you that you snore or stop breathing in your sleep, test for sleep apnea!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
DON"T-: Don"t- ignore snoring, frequent sleep awakenings or cessation of breathing. Check sleep apnea.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Don't: Don't let obstructive sleep apnea contribute to strokes. Use your CPAP (or other device) as directed.
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
Check: Check your blood pressure, especially if you snore. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to stroke.
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Snoring: Snoring and mild sleep apnea can not be treated with "nightlase" non invasive, non surgical laser.
Dr. Glenn MacFarlane
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea is a disease that should not be taken lightly. If you snore have a sleep study done.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Ask: Ask your sleeping partner if you stop breathing in your sleep! if so, get tested for sleep apnea!
Dr. Glenn MacFarlane
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Losing: Losing weight is one of the most important factors for helping improve your sleep apnea condition.
Dr. Joshua Rosenthal
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Don't: Don't let anyone just plan on removing your entire uvula! it actually serves a purpose!
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Endodontics 44 years experience
Wearing: Wearing an appliance to bring the lower jaw forward can open the airway and keep snoring down.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Endodontics 44 years experience
Enlarged: Enlarged adenoids can obstruct the airway, necessitating their removal.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Strive: Strive for weight loss, do not smoke, get sleep eval, c-pap may help, surgery may be an option.
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Don't: Don't ignore snoring or daytime sleepiness! sleep apnea is life-threatening, but treatable.
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Dental: Dental appliance (mouth guard), surgery, cpap, bipap: all options to discuss w/your doctor.
Dr. John McMahan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 48 years experience
Treat: Treat allergies, sinus infections, gerd and lose weight. See an ENT specialist for help.
Dr. John McMahan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 48 years experience
Cover: Cover your bedding with allergy-proof encasements. Sleep with your head elevated.
Dr. John McMahan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 48 years experience
Dental: Dental devices, cpap, medical treatments and surgery can fix snoring and apnea.
Dr. Mark Gujer md fasa
Anesthesiology 26 years experience
When: When having surgery, always bring your CPAP machine with you. It fits better and is more effective.
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
It: It can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems so do not leave it untreated!
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Weight: Weight loss including healthy diet and exercise are essential. Avoid smoking!
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
CPAP: CPAP is the standard of care, surgery if CPAP fails including nasal and oral procedures. See an ent.
Dr. Matthew Majzun
Pulmonary Critical Care 14 years experience
CPAP: CPAP is very effective at treating sleep apnea-mild or severe. Dental devices are ok for mild only.
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
Using: Using CPAP every night helps.
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
Have: Have your cpap/bipap machines checked on a regular basis to make sure you are getting enough o2 at night.
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
One: One of the most common risk factors of sleep apnea is being overweight. Recommend losing weight.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
With: With each change of season, you may need to adjust the temperature & humidity settings on your cpap.
Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
Sleep Medicine 35 years experience
There: There are many treatments for sleep apnea, the best is weight loss.
Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
Sleep Medicine 35 years experience
Follow: Follow your physician's advice, lose weight, and wear your CPAP if you have one.
Dr. Ashish Naik
General Practice 16 years experience
Your: Your dentist may be able to make a mouthpiece to help open your airway if that is what is needed.
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 36 years experience
Use: Use CPAP or bipap to correct obstructive sleep apnea which is the most common type of sleep apnea.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Airway: Airway management is essential. Options are oral appliances, cpap, and surgery.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
There: There is surgery, oral appliances and cpap. Try cpap.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Drugs not a cure: Get to a treatment that will manage this long term and your tiredness symptoms will be much better.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Oral Appliances: Oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Oxygen alone : True obstructive sleep apnea can only be treated by addressing a restricted or collapsed airway.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Weight: Weight loss and CPAP are both effective.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Weight: Weight loss is key for great management.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Weight: Weight loss is key for better control of sleep apnea.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: clean & air dry mask cushion or nasal pillow inserts weekly.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: clean CPAP tubing weekly and replace each year or sooner if needed.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: flow generator foam filters can be washed & reused.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: thin white flow generator filters are disposable & need regular replacement.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: empty the water chamber daily if you have CPAP with a humidifier.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: if you have CPAP with a humidifier, se distilled water for the humidifier chamber.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: if you have CPAP with a humidifier, clean the humidifier chamber every week.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: always fill the humidifier chamber away from your CPAP machine to prevent spills.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: if your mask starts to leak over time, the mask cushion may need replacement.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: reduced oxygen to the brain is the price of not using your CPAP machine.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: CPAP nasal mask leaves you with a dry mouth? Ask about CPAP with a humidifier.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: a chin strap may help to prevent dry mouth from CPAP use.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: stomach filled with air after CPAP use? Use fewer pillows.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: stomach in air not improved w pillow changes? CPAP pressure may need to be dropped.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: use your CPAP machine so that when you sleep your heart can rest too.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea 101: sanitizing units are available to clean your CPAP machine without tube disassembly.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Loud: Loud snoring, breathing stops, A.M. Headache, insomnia & daytime sleepiness? Check for sleep apnea.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
What: What can take years off your life? Untreated sleep apnea.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
ENT: Otolaryngology (ENT) doctors can help save your life and your marriage.
Dr. Dale Tylor
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
"Provent: "provent nasal epap" can be an alternative to CPAP in some patients with osa - with no mask needed.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
C-PAP: C-pap is gold standard, but many do not tolerate it. New dental devices seem very helpful indeed.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
ONLY: Only an overnight sleep study can confirm diagnosis of sleep apnea.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
LOSING: Losing weight every pound can decrease severity of sleep apnea. Sleeping on side may also help.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
CPAP: CPAP or autopap is the gold standard for obstructive sleep apnea treatment.
Dr. Steve Springer
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Work: Work with the company that supplied your CPAP machine. Often they have many different mask to try!
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
It: Is difficult on your partner, sleep machines are great solution.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
More: More comfortable options available to sleep apnea patients now including non-mask devices.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
More: More comfortable, quieter options available to sleep apnea patients now, including non-mask devices.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
As: As each season changes, be sure to adjust the temperature & humidity settings on your CPAP machine!
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
In: In 40 years the rate of obesity has more than doubled in this country from 15% to 36%.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
If: If you need to take a nap just to get through the day, it is time to take action.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
We: We need to sleep - it replenishes a type of brain cell: oligodendrocytes. Get your rest.
Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
The: The best way to assess sleep apnea is proper history &, if indicated, a sleep study (polysomnogram).
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Take: Take sleep apnea seriously. Do not play russian roulette with it. Not using CPAP killed jessie white.
Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Sleep Medicine 9 years experience
If: If you have a stable sleep apnea and use your machine, you still need to see a sleep doctor yearly.
Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Sleep Medicine 9 years experience
You: You should clean your CPAP hose and mask on daily basis and dry it on shower bar.
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 21 years experience
Mild: Mild to moderate apnea can be treated with an oral appliance made by a qualified and trained dentist.
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 21 years experience
Check: Check with your sleep physician about a tap/pap that can support a nasal pillow instead of a mask.
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 21 years experience
Myth:: Myth: i'm just tired, and sleep apnea is no big deal.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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DO: Do use your CPAP regularly and do not skip it as you may not wake up where you went to sleep.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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With: With today's silent masks and improved technology, CPAP is much more tolerable today than before.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Accept: Accept it as a fact and do not fight it. Worse things happen to those who fight it.
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If: If your are too claustrophobic for cpap, consider an oral advancement device or surgery.
Dr. Marc Bloom
Anesthesiology 44 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea alone increases risks of all types of surgery. Talk with an anesthesiologist about it.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Weight: Weight loss, surgery, medication can all help. If serious enough, may need tracheostomy.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Exercise: Exercise can be beneficial in increasing daytime wakefulness.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Weight: Weight loss is one of the most important issues in managing sleep apnea.
Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Sleep Medicine 9 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea has alternative treatment to CPAP including oral appliances or surgery.
Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Sleep Medicine 9 years experience
Optimal: Optimal control of sleep apnea will help you make more money and get promotions+ less fights at home.
Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Sleep Medicine 9 years experience
Have: Have sleep apnea? Loose weight, avoid sedative and alcohol in night, follow with sleep spacialist.
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
CPAP: CPAP and weight loss are effective in treatment og sleep apnea.
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Myth:: Myth: people who 'snore' all have sleep apnea. Reality: not necessarily!
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Loose: Loose weight by adapting healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Weight: Weight loss and CPAP are effective in controlling sleep apnea.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Weight: Weight loss can improve sleep apnea in many cases.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
CPAP: CPAP masks worn at night help many people with sleep apnea.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Myth:: Myth: patients with sleep apnea who sleep during the day are just being lazy.
Dr. Shira Miller
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Lose: Lose weight. It's the best treatment for sleep apnea.
Dr. Shira Miller
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Weight: Weight loss is best treatment.
Dr. Shira Miller
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
You: You don't have to love with it. Lose weight and it will reverse.
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Weight: Weight loss and exercise can be a key in eliminating need for CPAP machine in some individuals.
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Mandibular: Mandibular advancement (bsso) and also genial tubercle advancement show good results.
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Surgical: Surgical tx to remove respiration- impairing structures have success rates only 20 to 40 percent.
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Snoring: Snoring & osa are treatable with a variety of methods and you do not have to live with the symptoms.
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
If: If you have mild -moderate sleep apnea, try a dental device to fix your apnea.
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
50%: 50% of people living with untreated sleep apnea will suffer a stroke or heart attack!
Dr. Syed H. Sajid
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Untreated: Untreated sleep apnea has been related to injuries at work, car accidents, heart attacks ; strokes.
Dr. Jane Steiner
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Using: Using CPAP machine: if you have problems with the face mask, ask to try a different one !
Dr. William Jakavick
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Ignore: First have a sleep study done to determine what type of apnea you have so you know how to treat it.
Dr. William Jakavick
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Ignore: Whatever you can do to open your airway while you are sleeping that is comfortable for you.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Ignore: A CPAP machine is most common, and if u can't use the mask try the nasal pillows. Surgery last resor.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Ignore: Use your cpap, change your mask and hoses every6 months, and keep your machine clean.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Ignore: It's a myth that: if i'm obese, it probably won't go away if i lose a lot of weight, so why try?
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Ignore: Insurance covers every 6 months maintenance and change of gear do do it!'.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Ignore: Using your machine will allow deeper sleep and u will become more energetic as u catch up.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Ignore: C-pap is tough to tolerate, and some dental splints will do just as good a job.
Dr. William Jakavick
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Ignore: First do a sleep study. Losing weight can help. Avoid alcohol. Exercise regularly. Follow drs advice.
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Do: Do use CPAP machine if it was recommended for sleep apnea.
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Ignore: One treatment is continuous positive airway pressure cpap- machine.

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