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How can I treat obstructive sleep apnea?

How can I treat obstructive sleep apnea?

CPAP: The treatment involves sleeping with a pressurized mask called cpap. In sleep apnea, excessive soft tissue in the throat, can relax during deep sleep, this blocks the airway and drops oxygen levels , disrupting sleep and causing other problems. A mask hooked to a machine that applies a low level of air pressure keeps the airway open. Many with osa are overweight and weight loss also helps much. ...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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How can sleep apnea be cured?

Apnea: Treating the cause, whether obstructive or central apnea. Consult a neurologist. ...Read more

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How do I eliminate an obstructive sleep apnea?

How do I eliminate an obstructive sleep apnea?

Evaluation First: First seek evaluation by a sleep doctor. Once the etiological factors and degree of obstruction is determined - a treatment plan can be outlined. ...Read more

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How do you treat central sleep apnea?

How do you treat central sleep apnea?

Depends: First the cause of the central sleep apnea should be treated. Very sophisticated machines called asv (adaptive servoventilation) can treat the central sleep apnea. ...Read more

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How do people treat sleep apnea?

How do people treat sleep apnea?

A few: Weight loss, surgery (uppp with possible tonsillectomy), c-pap. ...Read more

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How will cpap help my obstructive sleep apnea?

How will cpap help my obstructive sleep apnea?

Continous Pressure: CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device..Continually introduces positive pressure either through your mouth or your nose (depending on the type of mask). This prevents the collapse of your tissues (tongue, soft palate, throat) from obstructing your breath while lying down. The exact pressure is determine by a titration study which is done before treatment is initiated. ...Read more

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How can you treat sleep deprivation?

How can you treat sleep deprivation?

Sleep: Rather than trying to do work arounds - would dedicate solid periods of time to sleep. ...Read more

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How can I sleep well and prevent sleep apnea?

How can I sleep well and prevent sleep apnea?

Prevent OSA: Genetics, age and weight gain are huge factors that may or may not be in your control. Generally avoiding sedatives prior to sleep, significant weight gain, smoking and other lifestyle factors can help. ...Read more

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How can I get treatment for sleep apnea?

How can I get treatment for sleep apnea?

See doc: The first step in treating sleep apnea is to see your doctor and discuss your concerns and symptoms with him. He may recommend a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea, which type, and how severe. It can be treated with a CPAP machine or even by your dentist with an orthotic device worn i. Your teeth. ...Read more

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What supplements can help treat sleep apnea?

What supplements can help treat sleep apnea?

No supplements: To date, that is no medicinal treatment for sleep apnea. The treatment is something called continuous positive pressure(cpap). ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have sleep apnea? I live alone. Is snoring related to apnea?

How can I tell if I have sleep apnea? I live alone. Is snoring related to apnea?

Yes: Do you have other signs or symptoms such as, grinding your teeth, day time sleepiness, morning headaches, overweight, greater than a 15" neck, diabetes, lack of concentration, memory problems? If yes, then you should talk to your doctor. Sleep apnea is the #1 cause of hypertension. ...Read more

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How effectively does a tonsillectomy cure sleep apnea?

Depends: Often the narrowing of the airway is behind the tonsils(more the base of your tongue against the back of your throat) so depending where the problem is from can help determine if the tonsillectomy will help. ...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 can a dentist diagnose and treat sleep apnea ?

Can treat : Sleep apnea needs to be diagnosed by a sleep specialist with an overnight sleep study. Once the diagnosis has been made a dentist can treat sleep apnea if it been perscribed. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my obstructive sleep apnea go away?

How fast can I make my obstructive sleep apnea go away?

Fast: Symptoms can be quickly relieved with a device called cpap, CPAP will greatly help symptoms, this is a mask that applies a low level of air pressure to the airway keeping it from blocking during sleep and effectively treats sleep apnea. Symptoms improve quickly after treatment. Weight loss will help dramatically. Loss of even 10-15% of body weight can help. A rate of 1-1.5 lbs/ week loss is safe. ...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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I am wondering how do doctors treat people with diseases like narcolepsy, sleep apnea or chronic fatigue?

I am wondering how do doctors treat people with diseases like narcolepsy, sleep apnea or chronic fatigue?

It varies.: For sleep apnea, the most common treatment is a pap device - it splints the airway open to prevent the repetitive airway blockage that fragments sleep. For narcolepsy, typically we utilize stimulant therapy and sometimes a medication called xyrem. It would be important to determine the correct diagnosis and then develop a treatment plan with your physician. ...Read more

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How do doctors determine if it's nocturnal panic attacks or sleep apnea?

How do doctors determine if it's nocturnal panic attacks or sleep apnea?

Big difference: A panic attack is a violent and unreasoning anxiety and fear. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing in your sleep. You may experience daytime sleepiness, memory problems and lack of concentration. Snoring and high blood pressure are frequently associated with sleep apnea. You will frequently wake up at least 3-4 times per night and may experience insomnia. ...Read more

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How do I treat insomnia? I'm dying to have a good night sleep.

How do I treat insomnia? I'm dying to have a good night sleep.

Good sleep hygiene: 1. Keep regular bed & wakening time (even weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Use regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath / shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfy mattress & pillows. 4. Bedroom only for sleep & sex. Put work materials, computers, & TVs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs prior to bed. > ...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