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What's the best pillow for sleep apnea ?

What's the best pillow for sleep apnea ?

Other treatments: You should consider other treatments if you suspect that you have sleep apnea. ...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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Does cervical pillows help sleep apnea ?

Does cervical pillows help  sleep apnea ?

Cervical pillows: It depends upon the body position that causes the most apneas. For many people, sleeping on their backs allows their jaws and tongue to drop back as gravity takes over the relaxed muscles and cause a blockage of the airway- often noted with snoring. So while the pillow may provide cervical support, it might better be used by lying on one's side, if that is possible. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Here we go?: No, not related. Treatment is with a c-pap machine are others as you listed. Care is directed by someone trained in sleep disorders. You can have COPD and other lung diseases but not related to sleep apnea. Together, they are difficult. ...Read more

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How does forced air machine for sleep apnea work?

How does forced air machine for sleep apnea work?

Sleep Apnea: Thats called the CPAP or autopap they force air and open the airway to breathe during sleep. ...Read more

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Does the provent system work for sleep apnea?

Does the provent system work for sleep apnea?

Yes: Nasal valves (provent) can be effective for sleep apnea especially in patients unable to tolerate cpap. It tends to work best for mild or moderate patients. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea mouthguards, do they really work ?

Sleep apnea mouthguards, do they really work ?

Varies: Mild to moderate sleep apnea (less than 30 events per hour) seem to respond the best to oral appliance therapy, but I have treated many severe apnics that cannot tolerate a CPAP with great success. Literature is showing more and more success with higher compliance of oral devices. They must be custom fitted and adjustable for best results. ...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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If people work to stay slim, can they be reasonably certain to avoid getting sleep apnea?

If people work to stay slim, can they be reasonably certain to avoid getting sleep apnea?

No: Body weight is but one risk factor for sleep apnea. A significant number of people with sleep apnea have a normal bmi. The risk of sleep apnea increases with age regardless of weight. In brief, your chances are better if you stay slim, but you are far from certain. ...Read more

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I would like to know more about provigil. I have sleep apnea and stay tired while at work.?

I would like to know more about provigil. I have sleep apnea and stay tired while at work.?

Usually effective: Like all medications Provigil (modafinil) works better for some people than it does for others, and there are some people for whom it may not work at all. However, in my experience, it has been a highly effective medication for most people with excessive fatigue. It is indicated for excessive sleepiness caused by sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and shift work, but it is used off label in many ways. ...Read more

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Always tired even when I get enough sleep.tried pills to help wake up and don't work. It's getting worse, did sleep study nd don't have sleep apnea.

Always tired even when I get enough sleep.tried pills to help wake up and don't work. It's getting worse, did sleep study nd don't have sleep apnea.

If physical: reasons for chronic fatigue are eliminated (eg anemia, metabolic diseases, infection) a diagnosis of DEPRESSION should be considered!! (In these cases tri-cyclic anti-depressants treat the insomnia and the depression simultaneously!!!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I suffer with chronic insomnia and sleep apnea. I've taken different medications for depression, anxiety and sleep many years. Medications aren't work?

I suffer with chronic insomnia and sleep apnea. I've taken different medications for depression, anxiety and sleep many years. Medications aren't work?

Difficulty falling: asleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. A clinical psychologist can help w/stress management. Peace and good health. Natural treatment includes melatonin supplement but w/professional guidance. Stop all stimulants after noon. ...Read more

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Insomnia for a year , tried herbal medicine and other medications . Nothing works . No sleep apnea , normal lft, please help?

Insomnia for a year , tried herbal medicine and other medications . Nothing works . No sleep apnea , normal lft, please help?

Have them: Check for upper airway resistance syndrome. In most cases this has been missed in diagnosis since the ahi on sleep test come normal and the oxygen saturation also in normal level. The best indication for that have them check your odi and compare that wit your ahi. If the odi is elevated more than 2x of ahi his may indication of upper airway resistance. ...Read more

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I had massive dental work..Lots of bridges, etc. After a car accident in2008. Everything was tight and right.I started a sleep apnea machine last?

I had massive dental work..Lots of bridges, etc. After a car accident in2008. Everything was tight and right.I started a sleep apnea machine last?

Careful: Some people with sleep apnea may have dry mouth which often leads to significant decay. Make sure you drink plenty of water and talk to your dentist about constructing soft easy to wear trays that you can fill with Fluoride or mi paste to protect your remaining tooth structure from rampant decay. With extensive dentistry you should see your dentist- 4 or more times per year, . ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea. Cpap reduced ahi to below 1. Still tired. What tests rec. Before stimulating meds? Any stimulants not raise bp? Hard to focus@work

I have sleep apnea. Cpap reduced ahi to below 1. Still tired. What tests rec. Before stimulating meds? Any stimulants not raise bp? Hard to focus@work

A few rule out tests: I would suggest keeping a sleep diary of how much sleep you get for 2 weeks, repeating the sleep study with your CPAP on then performing a mwt (maintenance of wakefulness test). This will determine if you're getting enough quantity of sleep. You should also have blood work done that rules out hypothyroidism, anemia, kidney or liver disease. Consult with your doctor and sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Dr black recommended provent for sleep apnea. Does this work during the day also? When pull up my forehead, it seems to help tighten the nasal passage

Dr black recommended provent for sleep apnea. Does this work during the day also? When pull up my forehead, it seems to help tighten the nasal passage

Sleep apnea : Proventil is albuterol which is used for the treatment of reactive airway disease and asthma. Sleep apnea is a mechanical obstruction and either requires a CPAP mask, tonsillectomy / adenoidectomy, or weight loss to cure. Proventil would not likely help with sleep apnea at all in my opinion. ...Read more

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Tired all the time i don't have sleep apnea been checked doc did blood work normal what cold it be maybe depression ?

Tired all the time i don't have sleep apnea been checked doc did blood work normal what cold it be maybe depression ?

Tired all the time: See your physician and have a complete physical. Are you taking any medications? If all blood work and oxygen levels are normal, have your physician refer you to a therapist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Wake up with eyes tired and kinda burning sensation. Drive to work i feel like dozing off even on way home bwsides sleep apnea any idea what could be?

Wake up with eyes tired and kinda burning sensation. Drive to work i feel like dozing off even on way home bwsides sleep apnea any idea what could be?

Burning eyes: Burning eyes is most often due to a dry tear film unless you are exposed to chemicals or have allergies. What is your lunch diet like. Avoid carbs will prevent dip in sugar during pm driving. See eyedoc2020@blogspot.com for anti-inflammatory diet or consult with us for more info. ...Read more

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My hubby always congested, uses nasal spray nightly despite the directions! snores very loudly due to sleep apnea, cpap didn't work for him. Advice?

My hubby always congested, uses nasal spray nightly despite the directions! snores very loudly due to sleep apnea, cpap didn't work for him. Advice?

Needs an ENT eval: Before any type of treatment with a mandibular advancement device or other oral appliance he must see an ENT doctor and get off his decongestant nasal sprays. Frequently just improving nasal airflow can improve snoring and airway symptoms. Once he can breath through his nose again then nasal CPAP may be much more successful. ...Read more

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Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

Bonding: And other dental work can sometimes create a slight malocclusion, which can lead to TMJ symptoms in predisposed individuals. All of the other symptoms you mentioned have absolutely no cause & effect relationship with dental bonding and enamaloplasty of teeth - outside of an acute allergic reaction to something used during treatment. Have those other issues worked up by internist & sleep med doc. ...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. Carlo Hatem
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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