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Can You Sleep With A Tens Machine On
Keep trying: CPAP is the gold standard treatment for osa, and it works very well. Try it, and hang in there...You can get used to it over time. If you just cannot tolerate wearing the cpap, then you have 2 options. #1-see your dentist who can make you a mouthpiece type of appliance than can improve your airflow. #2 talk to your md about surgical options. ...Read more
What exactly causes one to be sensitive to sound and noise? I used to sleep like a rock but not anymore. Been using white noise machines for past yr.
Hearing too well: Excessive sensitivity to sound can be an indication of a problem in the sound reception and processing system in your ear and brain. You should consult with an ENT to have an exam and hearing test. Alternately, your problem may have to do with your sleep environment more than your ears. Your ENT can talk to you about this, too, and may refer you to a sleep specialist. Best of luck. ...Read more
Some helpful hints: There are things that can be done to help lessen symptoms and depending on severity, may eliminate them. Weight loss, avoidance of sedating chemicals or medications, avoiding supine sleep can help. There is an oral device that a dentist can make and some medical therapies from an ENT that can help. Pap therapy is still the gold standard treatment and splints the airways open. ...Read more
Sleep Apnea: No you don't have to do anything, however, it will improve your life dramatically. I have sleep apnea and use a nasal CPAP. I sleep like a baby, have more energy than every before. It may be the type of mask or machine you use. Discuss with your sleep doctor or FP or IM options for you. By the way my 53 lb weight loss may help me get rid of mine. ...Read more
Whatever works.: My thought on this would be to choose what works. You can get the most expensive equipment, but it may not fit right or may not create a tight seal or may simply be too uncomfortable to use every night. Get what's comfortable and what helps, be it nasal or full-face. ...Read more
What should you do when your husband has been diagnosed with sleep apnea and won't use the machine?
Get help: Find out why he does not wish to use it and have him see a doctor experienced in treatment of osa. Often, there are fit or comfort issues that can be remedied. If CPAP is still not accepted, for some we can treat using oral appliances or reconstructive surgery, if performed by an expert. ...Read more
My sleep study shows avarage BPM of 67, highest 171, 34 events of bradycardia lowest hr 6 bpm. Is there something wrong with me or the machine?
Artifact?: This sounds like a computer reading. The actual recording strips that determined these numbers need to be reviewed by the reading physician to determine if these are real, or more likely artifact such as noise, or signal loss. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with sleep apnia got a cpap is there any problem with using the machine one night and not using it another until I get used to it?
Maybe: You will get used to it quicker if you use it every night. If you feel you can skip a night, next you wil be skipping two nights and then three. If the air pressure feels like it is too high, you might see a dentist who is trained in dental sleep medicine who may combine it with an oral appliance that advances the lower jaw and opens the airway. ...Read more
It depends.: This depends on what continuous pressure that can be set on your machine so that you can have airway flow when you don't inhale or exhale. In neonates, pneumothorax is associated with nasal cpap, and can be found in adult users also. Other side effects include difficulty or pain while breathing and back, neck and muscle pain, thought to be from forced air into the lungs that is not expelled. ...Read more
A dentist replies: The CPAP is titrated by the sleep doctor, so do not do it on your own. You can work with a trained dentist and your sleep physician. A mad appliance, mandibular advancement device, can be made by a dentist that can allow the physician to reduce the pressure or perhaps eliminate the need for CPAP in some cases. ...Read more
Most likely: You need to have a polysomnogram study by a MD who specializes in Sleep Medicine. That will diagnose your problem and the best solution. ...Read more
Can you please list the risks associated with using a sleep apnea machine (cpap) that's not yours?
Sleep apnea: If the mask isn't properly adjusted, or the flow isn't correct, it may not be providing the correct amount of oxygen- meaning it's of no benefit. ...Read more
What are tools and machines recommended to treat sleep apnea that I can order online that isn't a discomfort?
Donl't: Don't order on line. Treatment needs to be tailored for the severity of your problem and it needs to be periodically checked for effectiveness. If you don't want to use a breathing machine, find a dentist who is trained in dental sleep medicine and he can make an oral appliance that is appropriate for your condition. Buying something online and using it doesn't mean it is doing you any good. ...Read more
I am suffering from sleeping disorders (insomnia) please help me in solving this problem? Tried earplugs and noise machines.
1- avoid electronics, exercise or reading 2 hours prior to go to bed
2. Do not work in bed
3. Go to sleep and get up at the same time, every day
4. Avoid stimulants and alcohol several hours prior to bedtime
5. Exercise in the morning or mid day. Get some sun
6. Keep the temperature in your room comfortable, avoid feeling hot
7. Keep the room dark
8. Try relaxation exercises or mediation b4 sleep. ...Read more
Can't sleep more than3-4 hours. Have sleep apnea and use machine nightly. Ca't take unison etc. Makes me to drowsy in the am. Two months now.
(CPAP) is considered to be the treatment of
choice for sleep apnea. Mad (mandibular advanced devise) is oral appliance and a viable alternative with growing use, particularly in patients with mild/moderate sleep apnea. Combination CPAP and mad could be the answer in your case.
Rec. See an orofacial pain doctor specializing in dental sleep medicine. ...Read more
Cure? No.: Unless you are morbidly obese, and lose a lot of weight, you can't cure sa. You can manage it though. CPAP works very well, but can be hard to get used to. Keep trying, try different masks, and tallk to your md. If you just can't tolerate it, have a dentist who is trained in sa to make an oral appliance to improve your airflow. Another option is surgery. ...Read more
Yes: Only if it is used. Some report only 25% compliance. ...Read more
FATIGUE WITH OSA: Provigil iand nuvigil help with energy and fatigue Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera. Start a gluten free diet WEIGHT LOSS IS CRITICAL. Wholeapproach. Com gut loss. Com. If CPAP or BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. Limit use of sedatives/hypnotics like ambien/lunesta/rozerem. D/W your doctor all options if RLS is present neurontin/Topamax may help ...Read more
Desensitization: I recommend to my patients to try to use the CPAP device in the evening while watching tv to get used to the feeling of the mask and pressure. This helps to make it easier and more comfortable to use at night while sleeping. Sometimes a mask change is needed for comfort or an adjustment in pressure. For some on higher pressure of CPAP and switch to bipap can make breathing easier. ...Read more
Cpap: May require adjustment possibly new titration study? If new to cpapp it does have a learning curve. ...Read more
Consider OAT: Oral appliance therapy (oat) uses a custom-fitted night guard-type appliance that advances the lower jaw in much the same way that "rescue breathing" opens the airway during cpr. More than 40 different devices have fda approval for the control of apnea--specifically approved for mild-to-moderate osa, but certainly useful in much more severe cases--often in combination w/ other modalities. ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you have sleep apnea, how long do you sleep each day without a cpap machine?
I just had a cpap titration for my sleep apnea, but that machine is annoying. How many people give up?
CPAP: Not unusual to have noise when pressure is adjusted. Talk to sleep medicine doc. To fix it. ...Read more
If I don't sleep on Cpap machine like I'm suppose to be will it make hard for me to breathe even of I have asthma??
See your doctor: You have a CPAP machine, you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea which can be life threatening. Not wearing your CPAP is endangering your life. As you are aware, your airway closes during the night while asleep. Many people don't like using a CPAP and there is an alternative that is recognized as a viable option. An oral appliance can be made for you by a dentist that has expertise in sleep apnea ...Read more
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