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What causes obstructive sleep apnea in children who already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

What causes obstructive sleep apnea in children who already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

Sleep apnea: Is your child in the normal weight catagory- if they are heavier or their body anatomy like a narrow palate or thick neck could cause a smaller airway that may be a factor. They may need orthodontia to help open the air way. ...Read more

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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 can cause obstructive sleep apnea in children that already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

What can cause obstructive sleep apnea in children that already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

Other causes: An enlarged tongue, a retruded lower jaw, excess tissue in the soft palate, a deviated septum, enlarged nose turbinates or nasal polyps can all contribute to obstructive sleep apnes. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does obstructive sleep apnea usually cause many symptoms?

Does obstructive sleep apnea usually cause many symptoms?

Not necessarily: The number one daytime symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (osa) is sleepiness. Turns out that only about 20% of osa patients complain of sleepiness. Thus, the majoriy of osa patients may not subjectively perceive daytime symptoms. Overall, osa may be a sneaky creature which makes it imperative to actively seek for symptoms/predisposing factors. ...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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Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea? What causes death? Is it preventable? What test do you need to have run on you?

Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea? What causes death? Is it preventable? What test do you need to have run on you?

Obstructive : Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition that is tough on your body. It happens when your airway closes off as you sleep causing disrupted sleep, snoring and fatigue and sleepiness the next day. Osa causes early mortality due to the chronic low oxygen levels at night and causes heart and lung disease and contributes to memory problems. It is diagnosed in a sleep clinic where you check in at night, sleep in their bed with monitors on your arms, legs , head and chest for the night. If you have obvious osa they will often wake you and put a CPAP device on you to see if it helps you keep your airway open on that same night. Cpap is a device that you wear under your nose or on your face like a mask and it helps put continuous airway pressure to keep your airway from closing. Folks with osa describe feeling tired all the time "like I am walking through mud". They fall asleep at the wheel driving and get high blood pressure. The diagnostic test is easy and just takes one night to help decide if this is a problem for you. ...Read more

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Can mild obstructive sleep apnea cause rv enlargement in the heart?

Can mild obstructive sleep apnea cause rv enlargement in the heart?

Sleep apnea risk: Any diagnosis of sleep apnea is a risk factor for strain on the heart and its demand for oxygen rich blood transport. How bad your sleep apnea is will determine how quickly you develop problems with your heart and it related organ systems. ...Read more

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Can obstructive sleep apnea cause a mild right heart enlargement? with everything else normal on the echo. just slightly enlarged but i have osa...

Dr. Tso Chen Dr. Chen
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Can obstructive sleep apnea cause a mild right heart enlargement? with everything else normal on the echo. just slightly enlarged but i have osa...

Yes: Sleep apnea, if untreated, can cause right heart pressure to go up and eventually cause enlargement. Make sure that you are following up with your doctor's treatment plan. ...Read more

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Can obstructive sleep apnea be caused by complications from psychiatric medications or dentist grinding of teeth which may change jaw face or tonguesi?

Can obstructive sleep apnea be caused by complications from psychiatric medications or dentist grinding of teeth which may change jaw face or tonguesi?

OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea is not influenced by minor dental adjustments . It can be affected by medications that are sedative like in nature. If you have sleep apnea, you should ask your doctor if your medications will affect your underlying condition. Most docs would be very receptive to your concerns and will help you with your questions. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops (apnea) during sleep usually as a result of a temporary obstruction such as a narrowing and closing in the oropharynx. When the brain detects that breathing has stopped, an alarm goes up that wakes the person so that he starts breathing again. Often the person does not know why he has woken. An observer may note snoring or gasping in the night. ...Read more

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Is obstructive sleep apnea painful?

No: Sleep apnea can cause headaches, dry mouth, mood and personality changes, excessive sleepiness. It is not a painful condition. ...Read more

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How can I treat obstructive sleep apnea?

How can I treat obstructive sleep apnea?

CPAP: The treatment involves sleeping with a pressurized mask called cpap. In sleep apnea, excessive soft tissue in the throat, can relax during deep sleep, this blocks the airway and drops oxygen levels , disrupting sleep and causing other problems. A mask hooked to a machine that applies a low level of air pressure keeps the airway open. Many with osa are overweight and weight loss also helps much. ...Read more

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Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea?

Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea?

Indirectly: Untreated sleep apnea causes drops in oxygen levels during sleep, this causes a release of catecholamines which are of "stress hormones". Over time this can increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Overtime these can lead to death. In addition the sleep deprivation leads to increase car accidents, which can be fatal. Treatment helps avoid this. ...Read more

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How do I eliminate an obstructive sleep apnea?

How do I eliminate an obstructive sleep apnea?

Evaluation First: First seek evaluation by a sleep doctor. Once the etiological factors and degree of obstruction is determined - a treatment plan can be outlined. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get obstructive sleep apnea?

Yes.: It has been published that 2% of women and 4% of men. But in my experience, i believe it is much higher. ...Read more

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How does obstructive sleep apnea impact health?

How does obstructive sleep apnea impact health?

Lots of ways: The impact of sleep disorders is evident in a wide range of adverse health consequences, including but not limited to hypertension, cadiovascular diseases, metabolic disorders such a diabetes, gastric disorders such as gerd, respiratory disorders such as asthma, emotional and psychological disorders, and even sudden death. There is a much higher rate of motor vehicle accidents as well. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is obstructive sleep apnea?

Could you explain what is obstructive sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: is a condition of cessation of breathing during sleep that lasts for 10 seconds or longer. It may affect between 1% and 10% of the population, tends to occur between the ages of 40 and 60, and affects more males than females. ...Read more

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What are the options for obstructive sleep apnea ?

What are the options  for obstructive sleep apnea  ?

4 options: 1. No treatment which increase the risk of serious health problems. 2. Surgery: there are multiple kinds and each has advantages and disadvantages. 3. Cpap: this machine blows air to keep the airway open. 4. An oral appliance: this device holds the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open. Talk with your physician to determine what is best for you. There may be other options. ...Read more

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Is there any medication for obstructive sleep apnea?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Is there any medication for obstructive sleep apnea?

See your PCP: Many treatment options are available for obstructive sleep apnea. The recommended therapy for sleep apnea depends on its severity, which is usually determined by a sleep study or examination. See your PCP for evaluation and referral for sleep study and management. ...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. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more