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I need info on sleep apnea and cpap?

I need info on sleep apnea and cpap?

Disordered breathing: Sleep apnea is the condition of airway obstruction when sleeping, resulting in not getting enough oxygen. This leads to complications such as high blood pressure and daytime sleepiness. It is more common in obese individuals with a large neck. Wt. Loss can bring improvement. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is an effective treatment that holds the airway open while sleeping. ...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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How does a cpap help central sleep apnea?

How does a cpap help central sleep apnea?

Gold standard: Regardless, central or obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP machine provides a positive flow of air into the nasal passages to keep the airway open. ...Read more

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How will cpap help my obstructive sleep apnea?

How will cpap help my obstructive sleep apnea?

Improve sleep qualit: Improves the quality of sleep so that you are more responsive during the day. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to cpap for sleep apnea?

What are some alternatives to cpap for sleep apnea?

Multiple options: Treatment for sleep apnea can depend on the severity. The best long term treatment is weight loss if you carry too much weight. For mild to moderate sleep apnea a dental appliance can help with apnea and snoring. Surgical options include tissue reduction surgery (uvulopalatopharyngioplasty), jaw surgery and the newest option is a pacemaker device that opens the airway during snoring. No meds help. ...Read more

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Can using a cpap for sleep apnea really be worthwhile?

Can using a cpap for sleep apnea really be worthwhile?

Cpap: If CPAP is properly used and if you have osa then results are remarkable. I myself has been using CPAP for many years. My quality of life has improved so much. ...Read more

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What's the expert opinion, could the cpap mask cure your sleep apnea?

What's the expert opinion, could the cpap mask cure your sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: CPAP doesn't cure sleep apnea. It treats it. The forced oxygen helps to keep the body properly oxygenated, thereby combating the serious effects of lack of o2- heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure etc. ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea and was prescribed a cpap. It's at a level 9cm, is that high? I'm 31...

I have sleep apnea and was prescribed a cpap. It's at a level 9cm, is that high? I'm 31...

Depends: The level of CPAP is determined as that which will almost eliminate the manifestation of sleep apnea during sleep study. It is different for every person. If I have 9 cm h2o pressure blowing on me that would be very uncomfortable but some need 15, 18, or even 20 cm h2o pressure. The pressure given is what is necessary for you. ...Read more

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What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center. It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap. Do i need to spend another night a

What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center.  It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap.  Do i need to spend another night a

These : These are questions best posed to your sleep specialist. You should have had a post-sleep study meeting with your specialist where you would have been told the meaning of your results and been given a set of options. That is where you should have discussed your issue with sleeping own your back. It very well be that you have sleep apnea no matter in what position you sleep. Without seeing your sleep study results and having the benefit of a complete history and physical exam it is impossible to make a recommendation. ...Read more

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Will bipap work as well as cpap for sleep apnea?

Will bipap work as well as cpap for sleep apnea?

Yes: Bipap is similar to CPAP with two levels of pressure for inhalation and exhalation. CPAP uses one level of pressure for both inhalation and exhalation. ...Read more

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For sleep apnea, why is cpap prescribed more than oral appliances?

For sleep apnea, why is cpap prescribed more than oral appliances?

R/O OSA: cpap is more effective for osal. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP ...Read more

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Will I have to be on cpap for the rest of my life if I have obstructive sleep apnea?

Will I have to be on cpap for the rest of my life if I have obstructive sleep apnea?

Potentially: Sleep apnea tends to worsen with age rather than improve. Thus far the best technology we have to treat osa is cpap. There are alternatives such as oral appliances, surgery, and other alternatives which could be discussed with a sleep specialist. Weight loss can help - every 10% loss in weight can lead to a 30% improvement in the severity of your sleep apnea. ...Read more

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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

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Is my cpap causing me to have central sleep apnea? I was diagnosed with osa but i slow down breathing on my cpap, its scary!

Is my cpap causing me to have central sleep apnea? I was diagnosed with osa but i slow down breathing on my cpap, its scary!

FATIGUE WITH OSA: UNLIKELY FOR CPAP TO CAUSE IT. PROVIGIL AND NUVIGIL help with fatigue and brain fog. Also get labs checked especially TFTS. adderal/Ritalin/Starttera may also be of use .Start a gluten free diet focus on weight loss .Wholeapproach.com gut loss.com. If CPAP/BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP vs Hyoid suspension. Especially given your age, seek a good ENT consult. ...Read more

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What happens if central.sleep apnea goes untreated? I had a sleep study and can't tolerate the cpap. I'm so scared. what test should I have?

What happens if central.sleep apnea goes untreated? I had a sleep study and can't tolerate the cpap. I'm so scared. what test should I have?

Try again : Sleep apnea can cause a fair number of problems over the years. Getting used to a CPAP takes time and you need to work with your respiratory therapist to get the appropriate fitting. If you absolutely cannot use the CPAP surgery may need to be considered but should be the last resort. Sleep apnea should not be ignored ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell if surgery would be helpful to someone with sleep apnea? I'm 19 male with mild osa. Supposed to use cpap but never do.

Is there a way to tell if surgery would be helpful to someone with sleep apnea? I'm 19 male with mild osa. Supposed to use cpap but never do.

Oral Appliance?: Mild and moderate sleep apnea can often be successfully treated with several oral appliances made by your dentist, with the guidance of your pulmanologist. Many individuals find them much more comfortable than a cpap, just as effective, but you'll need coordinated treatment and sleep studies to confirm effectiveness. It seems like a better route than surgery when you're age 19! ...Read more

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Have moderate sleep apnea W/severe O2 loss. Will treat w/CPAP & oxygen. In future is it possible oxygen can be withdrawn & Cpap alone be adequate?

Sometimes: Depends on whether patients have underlying lung disease and whether oxygen is also needed during the day as well. I have seen those that stay on oxygen and those that end up only on cpap over time. ...Read more

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Will a cpap machine improve someone with sleep apnea?

Will a cpap machine improve someone with sleep apnea?

Usually: CPAP is the first line treatment of moderate to severe sleep apnea with associated symptoms. However, success rates vary, and a significant number of people need alternative or adjunctive means of treatment. ...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. Louis Gallia
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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Definition)

Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep ...Read more