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Define mild sleep apnea?

Define mild sleep apnea?

Gasping for air: Sleep apnea is defined as complete (apnea) or partial obstruction (hypopnia) of the airway during sleep. Typical signs and symptoms are snoring, wake up gasping for air, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Diagnosis is made by a sleep study (polysomnogram) and the main parameter of diagnosis is ahi (apnea-hypopnea index). Mild sleep apnea ranges from 5-10 ahi. ...Read more

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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Who can have sleep apnea?

Who can have sleep apnea?

Anyone: Anyway can have sleep apnea. Young/old, male/female, obese/underweight, healthy/multiple medical problems. There are a lot of risk factors you wouldn't think about including smoking, reflux and congenital deformities even when repaired (cleft palate). ...Read more

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops (apnea) during sleep usually as a result of a temporary obstruction such as a narrowing and closing in the oropharynx. When the brain detects that breathing has stopped, an alarm goes up that wakes the person so that he starts breathing again. Often the person does not know why he has woken. An observer may note snoring or gasping in the night. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose sleep apnea?

How do you diagnose sleep apnea?

Sleep Study: The only way to diagnose sleep apnea is through a overnight test called a polysomnogram. ...Read more

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How do you control sleep apnea?

How do you control sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea.: The only way to tell if you truly have sleep apnea is by doing a sleep study. If you have suspected sleep apnea, it is a good idea to try to lose weight if you are heavy to see if that solves the problem. If it does not, then a sleep study may be necessary. If that confirms sleep apnea, wearing a mask with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) while sleeping usually helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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How di u know u hsve sleep apnea?

How di u know u hsve sleep apnea?

Tape yourself: The easiest way to determine whether you have sleep apnea is to take a tape recorder and tape your sleep at night. The next day rewind and listen to see if you snore and have your irregular respirations. If there is a pause and you hear some gasping that is sleep apnea. At that point you should have sleep study which will confirm the diagnosis. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more

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Can 7 year olds have sleep apnea?

Can 7 year olds have sleep apnea?

Yes: Sleep apnea can result from anatomic obstruction in the nose (deviated septum, swollen turbinates, sinusitis, etc) or over relaxation of the smooth muscles that line the trachea (wind pipe). It's true that sleep apnea was classically though to be found only in elderly overweight men, but that's been found to not be true. Children can have osa from enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Consult a sleep doc. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Sleep study: Sleep apnea is diagnoses with an overnight sleep study. ...Read more

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How can you control your sleep apnea?

How can you control your sleep apnea?

PAP therapy: The gold standard treatment is with a pap (positive airway pressure) device. Oral devices made by a dentist or possible surgical options with an ENT can be considered for those who have mild disease. Weight loss is always encouraged as well as proper sleep hygiene. Avoidance of caffeine, alcohol or nicotine 5-6 hours before bed is also advised. ...Read more

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How to tell if my son has sleep apnea?

How to tell if my son has sleep apnea?

Sleep: First have an ENT eval and rule out tonsils or adenoids
also get an overnight sleep study. ...Read more

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What can you do if you have sleep apnea?

What can you do if you have sleep apnea?

CPAP: First line treatment of apnea is cpap. Weight loss is important. A mouth guard may help and there are surgical options. ...Read more

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How is a sleep apnea diagnosis confirmed?

How is a sleep apnea diagnosis confirmed?

Sleep study: A sleep study is the test used to diagnose sleep apnea. The test is done in 2 parts. The first part consists of monitoring you while you sleep. The second part involves putting you on a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to see if it improves your sleep and breathing. If it works, the settings are then "titrated" to see what levels work best for you. ...Read more

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How can I tell if someone has sleep apnea?

Symptoms and suspici: You have to be suspicous for the condition. It is not always the overweight person who snores. Think about daytime fatigue or waking up frequently at night without having a cause. There are a few online questionnaires that may be helpful. Bedparters can also be very helpful because they may hear the person stop breathing. ...Read more

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What is the cause of possible sleep apnea?

Depends: There are a lot of reasons for sleep apnea starting from birth allergies, to ill formed nasal passages, high vaulted palates, ill formed dental arches, nasal patency, enlarged tongue, high bmi to name a few and these are for obstructive apnea of corse it could be central and that is a different ball game. ...Read more

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I have "central sleep apnea." what is cure?

I have "central sleep apnea." what is cure?

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 more

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Sleep apnea... Is there any permanent cure?

Sleep apnea... Is there any permanent cure?

Sleep apnea: The best cure is weight loss but this does not guarantee a cure. There are many people that lose weight and their apnea gets much better. ...Read more

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How to tell what are symptoms of sleep apnea?

How to tell what are symptoms of sleep apnea?

Several: Snoring is a warning sign that sleep apnea may be present. Other complaints include awakening gasping/choking for air, dry mouth/sore throat, urinating multiple times at nights, morning headaches, unrefreshing sleep, cognitive impairment and excessive daytime somnolence. Talk to your doctor about any of these symptoms. A sleep study would have to be done to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea how do u get this what causes it?

Sleep apnea how do u get this what causes it?

Condition: Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where the back of the throat closes and prevents breathing. Contributing factors include the structure of the throat which is influenced by how we develop and being over weight. Central sleep apnea is a condition where the brain does not send a signal to the lungs to breath. They are treated differently. See your physician asap if you have this problem. ...Read more

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Who are the people subjected to sleep apnea?

Who are the people subjected to sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Several possibilities:
some people only snore if they sleep on their back, so try avoiding that.
Losing weight.
See an ear nose ; throat specialist to evaluate your tonsils, adenoids and sinus
wear a custom made dental device that holds your jaw forward while you sleep thereby increasing the airway. ...Read more

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I seem to have sleep apnea. What should I do?

Sleep study: You need to see a physician for a sleep study. Be sure they explain all your options to you. The first line of treatment for mild to moderate apnea is an oral appliance. If severe, usually a CPAP is prescribed. If you can't or won't use a cpap, an oral appliance can be used. Surgery is usually a third and last option in most but not all cases. ...Read more

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