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Does A Tonsillectomy Cure Sleep Apnea
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
What to do if I have obstructive sleep apnea. will a tonsillectomy completely improve my quality of life?
I am suffering from sleep apnea and have a tonsillectomy scheduled for later this year. How well does this fix sleep apnea?
Surgery: Last resort: In most adult patients, the primary source of obstruction is the normal relaxation of the tongue and palatal muscles while asleep. Though the tonsils can obstruct the airway, that is usually the case in children, not adults. Before surgery, i encourage my patients to try an inexpensive jaw advancement appliance to rule out the tongue and prevent a possibly unnecessary surgery. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Two weeks ago, my 22 month old son had tonsillectomy forobstructive sleep apnea. He still wakes four times a night.Would there be improvement in sleep habits and behavioursoon?
A bit of time yet: Expect to see improvements in your son's sleep habits and behavior in the next several weeks. Follow -up with your otolaryngologist and pediatric sleep specialist as scheduled so that his recovery can be monitored and a post operative sleep study performed if deemed necessary. The pediatric sleep specialist can also let you know specific issues that may be unique to 22 month olds. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have chronic severe tonsillar hypertrophy (4+) resulting in sleep apnea. Will I be OK if I left it untreated (no tonsillectomy or CPAP)?
I have grade 4 enlarged tonsils causing mild to moderate sleep apnea (AHI 10, nadir SpO2 88%). One dr said tonsillectomy other said CPAP. What's best?
Both: unless you were born with extra tonsils you have 2 adult tonsils and adenoidal tissue. Either tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy plus C-PAP will be beneficial. ...Read more
I'm at my wits end. I'm mainly looking for an ENT i can talk with, I have been getting weird symptoms from sleep apnea, dirt like taste in back of throat, blocked nose, tonsillectomy didn't help.
22 month son had tonsilectomy 2wks ago due to obstructive sleep apnea. Still waking 4 + times a night. Improvement in sleep habits & behavior soon?
Is a tonsilectomy safe? If so how safe is it? I have mild sleep apnea and huge ttonsils and they want me to have this surgery .....
How safe is a tonsilectomy? I am having mine done at the mayo clinic by dr david lott in arizona. ..People keep telling me how horrible it is. I am having it done for sleep apnea ans huge tonsils. ...
Typically very safe: A tonsillectomy is typically a very safe procedure and has been performed on millions of people for many years. No procedure is completely safe, however, so your surgeon will go over all of the potential risks with you before the surgery. As with all procedures, you have to do a risk/benefit analysis. Since you have sleep apnea from large tonsils, it sounds like there could be benefit to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See cardiologist: Central sleep apnea is most commonly a reflection of heart failure and will improve if heart condition is treated and improved. There are other predominantly neurological causes that are much harder to treat, but they are uncommon. Specialized breathing machine can mitigate central sleep apnea. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: There are a number of treatment options available from changing your sleep position, cpap, a mandibular advancement appliance , and surgeries. It would be best to discuss your options with your physician. The best option will depend upon the severity of sleep apnea and some personal choices. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can melatonin cure sleep apnea related rbd? I've been using melatonin for a week, not getting any better.
No: While one may be able to sleep longer or change part of their sleep, the obstruction or obstructions remain. The ability to get to rem or stay in rem is still hampered, the oxygen saturation (sp02) is still affected, etc. If you have sleep apnea, you need to look into an oral appliance, CPAP or surgical alternatives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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