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A 37-year-old member asked:

Could sleep apnea go away without treatment?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Not usually: There are different causes of sleep apnea. Some may have anatomical reasons such as large tonsils, a narrow airway or a deviated nasal septum. Obesity can also cause sleep apnea. There is no guarantee that with weight loss that the disorder will go away. Without treatment, sleep apnea can cause other problems such as high blood pressure or heart problems.
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Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 49 years experience
Sleep apnea: Probably not. Unless someone is very overweight and loses all the extra weight. Otherwise, there can be several causes to sleep apnea from obstructive ( air compromised, large tongue, adenoids, tonsils etc) to central (brain dysfunction). In any case, the lack of oxygen during sleep can lead to heart attack, diabetes, stroke etc. Without treatment you are shortening your life.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

Does sleep apnea go away by itself?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Depends on cause: "by itself" is the important part of the question -- there are modifications that can be made to reduce risk and occurrence. Weight loss is an example. In many cases, the obstruction of the airway requires treatment such as cpap, surgery, or other treatment and the problem will not go away by itself. Discuss further with your physician for your individual situation.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the first treatment for sleep apnea?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 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.
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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 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.
Aug 18, 2012
Last updated Oct 9, 2013


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