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Doctor insights on: Cpap Settings For Sleep Apnea

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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. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
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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


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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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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?

Oxygen is essential : We can live without food and water for days. We cannot live without oxygen. If you have been given a cpap, it means that you are not getting enough oxygen while you sleep. This puts you at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke , and diabetes just to name a few. There are dental devices that can substitute for a cpap. ...Read more

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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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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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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping 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