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i have sleep apnea and upper airway resistance. what can you tell me about these conditions?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Spectrum: The conditions are a spectrum along the same line and are treated very similarly. Unfortunately many insurances are not covering uars, only apnea. Both, particularly apnea, are linked to increased arrhythmia, heart attacks, stroke and diabetes.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 48 years experience
Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea can be either obstructive or central. This means that the body is being deprived of oxygen which can lead to heart attack, strokes , etc. Obstructive can be treated with a CPAP ( continuous positive air pressure) or a dental device that advances the jaw to open the airway. Upper airway resistance syndrome doesn't cause decrease in oxygen, it is increased arousals.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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