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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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What symptoms can a deviated septum cause? Could my deviated septum be the reason behind my allergies, breathing trouble, congestion and sleep apnea?

What symptoms can a deviated septum cause? Could my deviated septum be the reason behind my allergies, breathing trouble, congestion and sleep apnea?

Deviated septum mayb: Deviated nasal septum may be causing, breathing problem, congestion and sleep apnea, it all depends upon how much deviated septum you have and how much obstruction it is causing. Better you consult E.N.T.specialist and get it corrected. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from deviated nasal septum for over 20 years. I have had three surgeries but the problem is still there. Sleep apnea, snoring etc?

I have been suffering from deviated nasal septum for over 20 years. I have had three surgeries but the problem is still there. Sleep apnea, snoring etc?

Nasal & sleep apnea: Deviated septums can cause breathing problems. The sleep apnea needs to be diagnosed by a sleep test. Sleep apnea is caused by obstructions or nerological problems.

With a deviated septum a dentist trained in dental sleep medicine can make you an oral sleep appliance that should help end your snoring and control your sleep apnea. Look at the aadsm association to find a dntal sleep medicine dds. ...Read more

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I have rhinitis. No environmental allergies No deviated septum. No sleep apnea. Normal weight. Want to stop snoring Allegra (fexofenadine) helps. Need long term soln?

I have rhinitis. No environmental allergies No deviated septum. No sleep apnea. Normal weight. Want to stop snoring Allegra (fexofenadine) helps. Need long term soln?

Suggestions: Have you tried an inhaled nasal steroid for the rhinitis? Your dentist can make you a mouth guard that may help with your snoring. There are also surgical procedures. You may want to see an ENT if you haven't already. ...Read more

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Can septoplasty cure sleep apnea? I've been using a cpap machine for a couple of years. I hate it. My doctor wants me to have a septoplasty for my deviated septum, but she won't say whether it will cure my sleep apnea..

Can septoplasty cure sleep apnea? I've been using a cpap machine for a couple of years. I hate it. My doctor wants me to have a septoplasty for my deviated septum, but she won't say whether it will cure my sleep apnea..

Improving: Improving chronic nasal obstruction can help with sleep apnea, though there's often more going on in the airway to cause blockage than the septum. No one can guarantee that septoplasty surgery will cure the sleep apnea. A careful examination should help with pinpointing what areas are leading to your sleep apnea.

Regardless of the sleep apnea, septoplasty can help with chronic nasal obstruction which may be enough of an indication for you to have surgery if it bothers you enough. ...Read more

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Does my snoring come from my stuffy nose from allergies, my deviated septum, or could I have sleep apnea? I snore a lot since sev. Mos. How to know?

Does my snoring come from my stuffy nose from allergies, my deviated septum, or could I have sleep apnea? I snore a lot since sev. Mos. How to know?

Deviated septum: This can only be differentiated by physical examination. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Tonsils very enlarged (4+/4) and severely deviated septum. ENT said must get fixed or use machine at night to sleep for probable apnea. Is he right?

Mgt: I would suggest having a sleep test with CPAP and BiPAP to determine the severity of your sleep apnea. Usually when tonsils are removed, there is clinical improvement in most patients. As far as your nasal septum deviation, this may also contribute, but I would suggest discussing the removal of your tonsils first and then reassess the improvement with a sleep study. ...Read more

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Can cpap be used with a perforated septum? Severe obstructive sleep apnea that septoplasty did not help

Can cpap be used with a perforated septum? Severe obstructive sleep apnea that septoplasty did not help

Yes: Yes. You may need guidance from an ENT doc to help with septal perforation - with or without CPAP treatments. Also, many septal perforations can be treated surgically. ...Read more

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Why are you supposed to sleep in an upright position after deviated septum surgery and for how long after?

Why are you supposed to sleep in an upright position after deviated septum surgery and for how long after?

Helps with swelling: Sleeping with your head slightly elevated (on a couple of pillows) helps reduce the postoperative swelling after nasal surgery. ...Read more

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Will I sleep better after a deviated septum surgery?

Will I sleep better after a deviated septum surgery?

Septoplasty: Improving your nasal breathing may improve your breathing at night and your sleeping. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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I have a deviated septum and allergy/sinus. I m taking Montek LC tablets for a long time now. I m getting inadequate sleep. Is this a side effect?

I have a deviated septum and allergy/sinus. I m taking Montek LC tablets for a long time now. I m getting inadequate sleep. Is this a side effect?

Rx side effects: I assume you are taking montelukast? There are many reported potential neuropsychiatric events associated with that drug, although clinically these seem to be very rare. On the list of potential side effects, is insomnia and agitation. There are many other treatments for allergies available, so see an MD or an otolaryngologist to assess your allergy Rx and maybe surgery for the deviated septum. ...Read more

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Can't seem to sleep more then 6 hours a night even if I'm beyond exhausted. Was told that I have a deviated septum awhile back is there a connection?

Can't seem to sleep more then 6 hours a night even if I'm beyond exhausted. Was told that I have a deviated septum awhile back is there a connection?

Insomnia: Hi, if you feel refreshed after you wake up then most likely that's what your body needs, 6 hours of sleep. If you are able to go to sleep then I don't think your deviated Septum has anything to do with your sleep. ...Read more

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What's the relation between deviated nasal septum and sleep disorder.?

What's the relation between deviated nasal septum and sleep disorder.?

Possibly related: A deviated septum can instruct the airways and affect your sleeping pattern. Surgery may therefore relieve the obstruction and lead to improved sleeping. However sleep apnea is more commonly associated with other causes that may be central or related to the oropharynx (throat) ...Read more

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My 8 year old has a deviated septum and has a hard time breathing out of his nose especially while he is sleeping. What should I do?

My 8 year old has a deviated septum and has a hard time breathing out of his nose especially while he is sleeping. What should I do?

See an ENT doctor.: If your son's doctor has diagnosed a deviated septum and it's causing that much airway obstruction, an ENT doctor needs to see him to determine if it warrants surgery to straighten the septum. The doctor may also order a sleep study on your son to see if he's having obstructive sleep apnea from this. ...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. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

A condition in which you stop breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more