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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


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I just took 2 pills of Ambien (zolpidem) to overcome my insomnia. I also have moderate obstructive sleep apnea. How safe is this dosage 20 mg.

I just took 2 pills of Ambien (zolpidem) to overcome my insomnia.  I also have moderate obstructive sleep apnea. How safe is this dosage 20 mg.

Unsafe: your history and oversose on ambien (zolpidem) are both bad for sleep tablets used with a pt with OSA. seek medical attention as it suggests on the label as well as a better discussion of your med history and med issues with your past and future ambien (zolpidem) prescribers ...Read more

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Can't keep eyelids open at various times during the day. Central sleep apnea treated with vpap. Don't feel tired. 6.25 mg Ambien (zolpidem) cr. Apnea related?

Can't keep eyelids open at various times during the day. Central sleep apnea treated with vpap. Don't feel tired. 6.25 mg Ambien (zolpidem) cr. Apnea related?

Tiredness: May want to repeat the sleep apnea test and see if there is over treatment or under treatment may want to do mwt or mslt to rule out other sleep disorders also, rule out medical conditions, psychiatric conditions, sleep hygiene etc. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get obstructive sleep apnea, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get obstructive sleep apnea, or is it unusual?

Lots of people do: 24% of men and 9% of women 30-60 years of age in the USA will qualify for OSA if allcomers are studied by an overnight sleep study. If only people who complain of daytime sleepiness are included, then the number drops precipitously to: 4% of men and 2% of women. Still, a pretty high prevalence, isn't it? ...Read more

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My 4month old snores and wakes her self up choking, what are the chances of her having sleep apnea like i do? She also has reflux too

Sleep Apnea: If your child even has 1 episode an hour of sleep apnea treatment is recommended. I would not wait at all, referral to have a sleep study in a children's hospital setting would be my first priority. ...Read more

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I have chronic severely enlarged tonsils meeting in midline. I know I snore. What are the chances I have sleep apnea?

I have chronic severely enlarged tonsils meeting in midline. I know I snore. What are the chances I have sleep apnea?

Mgt: I would suggest an inbox consultation. You may have sleep apnea, based on your risk factors, but more information may be provided during the consult ...Read more

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My son snores loud, his dad has sleep apnea.Is there a chance he has apnea as well?Should I have his tonsils/adenoids checked, does these cause snoring?

My son snores loud, his dad has sleep apnea.Is there a chance he has apnea as well?Should I have his tonsils/adenoids checked, does these cause snoring?

Yes: Depending on your son's age, i would absolutely get his to your family doctor. He may then possibly be referred to an ENT specialist. Early attention to his problems can hopefully allow him much better health as he gets older. I would also help him avoid become obese, which can further hinder success. ...Read more

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Can taking naps make you sleep apnea worse or better> ?

Can taking naps make you sleep apnea worse or better> ?

Irrelevant: Sleep apnea will affect the sufferer regardless of the time or duration of the sleep period. Some of my worst sufferers complain that they are exhausted, but can't take a nap because the oxygen deprivation makes them feel worse. Osa needs to be treated with an airway splint: CPAP or dental device. Asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more


Dr. Kevin Passer
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Behavior Problems (Definition)

Behavior is a very extensive psychological term under which there are many concepts..Behavioral problems are treated using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other behaviorally based treatments like Reward and Punishment. Behavioral problems can occur for many different reasons..Medical or Psychological and can happen with children and adults. Please ask ...Read more