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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?
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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