A 53-year-old female asked:
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i have sleep apnea and a hypoxia index of 17. is 17 bad or good? i am going on cpap and oxygen. looking for an answer. thanks!

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Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
Moderate: Moderate sleep apna has an ahi of between 15 to 30. People with mod sleep apnea have a higher risk of health problems than mild but a lower risk than severe . People treated will lower their risk of health problems and death to a normal person, which is less than 5. I hope that helps!
Answered on Mar 21, 2015
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
31 years experience Dentistry
Moderately bad: Apnea-hypopnea index of 17 means you obstruct (stop breathing) or partially obstruct an average of 17 times per hour (normal is <5). More important, however, is the degree of oxygen deprivation caused by the disruption. I have many patients who have ahi > 90. If your blood o2 levels are low, your regimen is great. If not low, you can use dental device, likely with good success.
Answered on Mar 21, 2015
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