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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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Acid reflux, chronic sinusitis, sleep apnea and lack of sleep. Are they responsible for my dizziness and nausea?

Acid reflux, chronic sinusitis, sleep apnea and lack of sleep. Are they responsible for my dizziness and nausea?

They can be: Lack of oxygen can be a factor in all of your symptoms. Is the chronic sinusitis due to obstructions ( polyps) or a deviated septum?
Has your sleep apnea been diagnosed by a witnessed overnight sleep centered study? If so have you been advised to wear a cpap?
If so , are you? If not, in mild to moderate cases, a dental device can be custom made to reduce the obstruction. ...Read more

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31yr male -sleep internal tremors, sleep apnea.wake up gasping for air, GERD for 1yr, high bp, sinusitis,awake muscle fatigue. What's causing tremors?

31yr male -sleep internal tremors, sleep apnea.wake up gasping for air, GERD for 1yr, high bp, sinusitis,awake muscle fatigue. What's causing tremors?

Sleep apnea : This could all be related to sleep apnea. You will require a sleep study and possibly treatment. There are many other causes for your symptoms. You will need to follow-up with your doctor. These symptoms require a systematic approach until a final diagnosis is found . ...Read more

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What is the cause of possible sleep apnea?

What is the cause of possible sleep apnea?

Depends: There are a lot of reasons for sleep apnea starting from birth allergies, to ill formed nasal passages, high vaulted palates, ill formed dental arches, nasal patency , enlarged tongue , high bmi to name a few and these are for obstructive apnea of corse it could be central and that is a different ball game. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea how do u get this what causes it?

Sleep apnea how do u get this what causes it?

Condition: Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where the back of the throat closes and prevents breathing. Contributing factors include the structure of the throat which is influenced by how we develop and being over weight. Central sleep apnea is a condition where the brain does not send a signal to the lungs to breath. They are treated differently. See your physician asap if you have this problem. ...Read more

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Could sleep apnea cause you to suffocate to death in your sleep?

Could sleep apnea cause you to suffocate to death in your sleep?

Not likely: Not likely. But it can lead to or compound other medical issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and high cholesterol. It is best to have it formally checked out by a sleep medicine specialist. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can a benzo cause sleep apnea and should a benzo be stopped if you develope sleep apnea?

Can cause apnea: Benzodiazepines can affect the sensorium and depress respiratory drive usually at higher dosing. These effects can cause apnea which is pause spontaneous respiration. Sleep apnea is a disorder that results in apneic periods while someone sleeps. Benzodiazepines should be used cautiously in all cases, but increased caution if you have sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Can psvt cause sleep apnea?

Can psvt cause sleep apnea?

No: Obstructive sleep apnea (osa) is a condition of cessation of breathing during sleep. It is due to obstruction of the oropharyngeal airway usually at the level of the tongue or epiglottis. Two-thirds of patients with osa are overweight and fatty infiltration of the neck and tongue may also contribute to airway obstruction during sleep.
Rec. See sleep specialist for a sleep study (psg). ...Read more

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Can Suboxone cause sleep apnea?

Can Suboxone cause sleep apnea?

Bup & sleep apnea: Sleep-disordered breathing (eg sleep apnea) is more common in opioid (mu receptor agonist) users. However, the generalization hasn't been proven scientifically with buprenorphine, a partial mu receptor agonist. A poorly designed 2012 study showed an association between bup & sleep disorder breathing. A link may exist, but likely lower with bup than other opiates. A sleep study would be needed. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause gum problems?

Can sleep apnea cause gum problems?

Yes, probably: Caveat: I'm not a dentist. I'm an M.D. specializing in sleep disorders. Mouth-breathing during sleep is very common in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. The more time the mouth is dry, the greater the likelihood that bacteria will remain on teeth and cause problems (which is why meth addicts have bad teeth). This causes dental problems and, I presume, can also problems with the gums. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause psychological problems?

OSA: Yes, it can create irritability, depression like symptoms, poor concentration, poor memory and many others. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause a person to have nightmares?

Can sleep apnea cause a person to have nightmares?

Anything's possible: Nightmares can be the result of many things- emotional and/or physical. Sleep apnea may contribute some sort of cause, if the breathing mechanism is shut off during sleep and triggers a response as a nightmare or similar to one. If it reoccurs, i would see a sleep specialist asap. ...Read more

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Is it possible that sleep apnea be caused by stress?

Is it possible that sleep apnea be caused by stress?

Sleep Apnea: Stress long term can cause increase cortisol and weight gain which can increase risk for sleep apnea but stress per se cannot cause sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Is it possible for papilledema be caused by sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea: Untreated sleep apnea causes negative intrathoracic and naso and oro pharyngeal pressure, these latter structures being close to the eye and if you have a eye condition could possibly contribute but no studies or data on this yet. ...Read more

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How do I know if my snoring is caused by sleep apnea or not?

Sleep study: The only sure way to know is to get a sleep study. Clinical data has proven time and time again that self reported symptoms and even a clinical exam by a doctor do not accurately predict apnea in a snoring patient... Get a sleep study. ...Read more

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If Sleep Apnea can cause arrythmias, can eliminating it stop the arrythmias?

If Sleep Apnea can cause arrythmias, can eliminating it stop the arrythmias?

It Can: Untreated obstructive sleep apnea increases the risk of arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation. The stress of the irregular breathing and hypoxia (low oxygen) can induce and arrhythmia. Therefore, treating the sleep apnea can improve severity or eliminate it completely. ...Read more

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What causes me to get woke up from gasping for my breath.I have sleep apnea. For over a yr now.

What causes me to get woke up from gasping for my breath.I have sleep apnea. For over a yr now.

Apnea = Suffocation: Like being underwater; unable to breathe. When the co2 in blood gets too high, you blast to surface for a big gasp of air. Osa occurs when airway is blocked during sleep, muscles flaccid/paralyzed. When co2 is too high, brain enters crisis mode, lightens the level of sleep to permit active muscle control and permit a big gasp to replenish o2, then back to deep sleep to do it again. Get osa treated. ...Read more

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Does TMJ have anything to do with sleep apnea or could TMJ cause any problems happen cuz of this?

Does TMJ have anything to do with sleep apnea or could TMJ cause any problems happen cuz of this?

Possibly: Need more info, but the treatment for the sleep apnea may create or exacerbate tmj/tmd symptoms. If wearing a CPAP machine with tight straps or an ill-fitting mask, the pressure on the lower jaw (mandible) may be displaced or dislocated enough to a position that can cause a dormant tmj/tmd syndrome complex. Also, wearing a mouthpiece for sleep apnea, if not designed properly can cause tmj/tmd. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause hypogonadism? How long for latter to resolve after former successfully treated?

Can sleep apnea cause hypogonadism? How long for latter to resolve after former successfully treated?

Other way around ...: Sleep apnea and other forms of poor sleep don't directly cause hypogonadism, although obesity (linked to sleep apnea) is correlated w/low T b/c excess Estradiol (from obesity) leads to less Free T. That's why we often recommend exercise & weight loss to treat low T. OTOH, TRT can aggravate sleep apnea so sleep should be monitored if you have OSA or are at risk. ...Read more

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Can mild obstructive sleep apnea cause mild to moderate right ventricular enlargement? Normal function just enlarged. Left is normal

Can mild obstructive sleep apnea cause mild to moderate right ventricular enlargement?  Normal function just enlarged. Left is normal

RVH: it definitely can; you should a see a sleep specialist for an official evaluation to determine the severity of your sleep apnea and treatment to avoid future problems ...Read more

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Who should treat me for less severe pH caused by sleep apnea? I'm adrift without care since pH specialist said they don't treat my kind of ph,

Who should treat me for less severe pH caused by sleep apnea?  I'm adrift without care since pH specialist said they don't treat my kind of ph,

PH and Sleep Apnea: Cva, coronary events, angina at night, dying in one's sleep can all be related to sleep apnea. You should see an ENT or sleep specialist. Cpap, dental devices and surgery can all be effective. ...Read more

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Are allergies a cause of sleep apnea?

Are allergies a cause of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: They can contribute to sleep apnea because the bodies reaction to the allergens will reduce the size of the airways, ( nasal as well as throat). This reduces the amount of oxygen available ...Read more

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I asked if sleep apnea is not treated cause AFIB?

I asked if sleep apnea  is not treated cause  AFIB?

Yes: Yes. Read this: http://content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?articleid=1140224
Also, for many reasons, sleep apnea should be treated. ...Read more

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Could the vitamine B12 deficiency cause sleep apnea?

No: B12 deficiency can cause megaloblastic anemia, sensory ataxia, sub-cortical dementia and neuropathy, but not cause obstructive, central or mixed sleep apnea. (at least not directly) Pulmonary hypertension can be exacerbated by severe anemia, but generally speaking B12 deficincy does not go undiagnosed long enough to produce significant anemia to contribute to this uncommon cause of OSA ...Read more

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What is the cause of sleep apnea?

What is the cause of sleep apnea?

Several: Being over weight is probably the biggest risk factor. A loss of muscle tone in neck muscles as we get older. Heredity undoubtedly plays a role. Having a large tongue. Other contributing factors are an underdeveloped lower jaw, a narrow upper jaw and a high palate. These all tend to block the airway and lead to obstructive sleep apnea.
In central sleep apnea the brain doesn't say to breath. ...Read more

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Can medications cause sleep apnea?

Can medications cause sleep apnea?

Unlikely: If someone has airway obstruction and bad snoring they can have something called "upper airway resistance syndrome" or "pre-apnea." sedatives or narcotics can make someone with this condition worse leading to true apnea. ...Read more

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
1,205 doctors shared insights

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