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How To Fail A Sleep Apnea Test
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
Yes, it's possible: Most attended sleep studies (where you spend the night at a sleep center) are very accurate. The take-home types of study are helpful for screening, but not nearly as much data or accuracy. That being said, all sleep studies are flawed to some extent as we do sleep differently on different nights. Repeat studies are the best, but at additonal time and expense. ...Read more
Sleep MD or DDS: Sleep testing for osa can be done either in a sleep center or at home. There are sleep medicine specialists, also called sleep physicians. Valid home sleep, studies can be arranged and conducted in the privacy of your own bedroom. Dentists involved with snoring can arrange a home test as well, and the tests are interpreted by a sleep physician. Ask your md or dds for a referral or a home test. ...Read more
Typical symptoms: Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (osa) include snoring, witnessed pauses in breathing, snort arousals, feeling unrefreshed upon awakening, morning dry mouth, daytime sleepiness, tiredness, memory/concentration difficulties among others. Physical features such as being overweight, set-back chin (retrognathia), large neck are also suggestive. You would need a sleep study to confirm. ...Read more
Did 1 night sleep test from home, diag w mod sleep apnea. How does one develop it? Can the cause of it be found and fixed? Oxyg 89% a few times.
Sleep apnea.: The most common cause of sleep apnea is simply being overweight, although other conditions can contribute as well, such as hypothyroidism or even anatomic issues in the throat. Usually the cause can be inferred and addressed. In those who are overweight, losing weight can help sleep apnea go away. In the meantime, it can be treated with a BiPAP mask. ...Read more
No: Questionaires are not very sensitive. The only sure way to know is an overnight psg (sleep stuyd). This can be done in the lab or at home. More and more insurance companies are moving towards in-home sleep studies in suspected apnea patients without significant illnesses like heart failure. ...Read more
Shouldn't: The test are very non invasive and psg are done with someone actually monitoring the pt. ...Read more
What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center. It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap. Do I need to spend another night a
These: These are questions best posed to your sleep specialist. You should have had a post-sleep study meeting with your specialist where you would have been told the meaning of your results and been given a set of options. That is where you should have discussed your issue with sleeping own your back. It very well be that you have sleep apnea no matter in what position you sleep. Without seeing your sleep study results and having the benefit of a complete history and physical exam it is impossible to make a recommendation. ...Read more
CPAP: You are describing a diagnosis of sleep apnea. Snoring is a sign that your airways are collapsing when you go to sleep, so you cannot get air to your lungs even when you try. The best fix is to apply pressure thru a mask, to keep the airways open so you can breathe. This is called cpap. Weight loss, oral appliances, and surgery are adjunctive options. ...Read more
Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea? What causes death? Is it preventable? What test do you need to have run on you?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition that is tough on your body. It happens when your airway closes off as you sleep causing disrupted sleep, snoring and fatigue and sleepiness the next day. Osa causes early mortality due to the chronic low oxygen levels at night and causes heart and lung disease and contributes to memory problems.
It is diagnosed in a sleep clinic where you check in at night, sleep in their bed with monitors on your arms, legs, head and chest for the night. If you have obvious osa they will often wake you and put a CPAP device on you to see if it helps you keep your airway open on that same night.
Cpap is a device that you wear under your nose or on your face like a mask and it helps put continuous airway pressure to keep your airway from closing.
Folks with osa describe feeling tired all the time "like I am walking through mud". They fall asleep at the wheel driving and get high blood pressure.
The diagnostic test is easy and just takes one night to help decide if this is a problem for you. ...Read more
What happens if central. Sleep apnea goes untreated? I had a sleep study and can't tolerate the cpap. I'm so scared. What test should I have?
Try again: Sleep apnea can cause a fair number of problems over the years. Getting used to a CPAP takes time and you need to work with your respiratory therapist to get the appropriate fitting. If you absolutely cannot use the CPAP surgery may need to be considered but should be the last resort. Sleep apnea should not be ignored ...Read more
I was diagnosed as having mild to moderate sleep apnea. Noticed on test results that my pulse rate varied from 48 to 110 with avg 63. Is this normal?
Usually: In general, this range of heart rate is not atypical, assuming this was associated with a sleep study. ...Read more
Will be 2 weeks went down from 60 to 40 cymbalta (duloxetine).Tomorrow going to 30.Think I'm in right direction. Sleep apnea test wed nite will decrease matter?
I'm really concerned: That you are using on line doctors to direct your care rather than the prescribing provider. It may seem thrifty - but it isn't the medically sound avenue. ...Read more
Your regular Dr:
the specialists in sleep medicine handle really tough cases and read sleep studies your regular dr can order the tests. ...Read more
If you are indigent you might be given a deal but then you would probably qualify for state aid that would cover it.
If you pay cash they usually cut deals too and offer payment plans but are not often free. ...Read more
Primary care: Patients can start with there primary care doctor, who can screen for sleep apnea and order a sleep test. The test itself is read usually by a sleep specialist. Sleep specialists can be found in many specialties. Often they are pulmonologists (lung doctors) because the therapy involves a machine that affects the air pressure in the airway. Still neurologists, and ENT doctors often have an interest. ...Read more
Varies case by case: A sleep-lab overnight study gathers lots of information, but is very expensive, and tests the patient outside of his normal routine. The home sleep study collects basic information, but is much cheaper, so can be done on many more people, plus it tests patients in their own beds. The decision is made case by case, but sometimes the cheaper study is done first, to see if it alone gives enough info. ...Read more
Isn't there a blood test that can check co2 levels in your blood to asses the possibility of sleep apnea?
When you go for a sleep apnea test is it ok to use nasonex (mometasone) and Zantac that day...Or will it give a false reading?
I have trouble waking up in the morning. I'm groggy and irritable. I think I might have sleep apnea. How do I test myself for this?
Groggy & irritable: Wheather you have sleep apnea or not it is good to see your doctor for complete physical exam & blood work, if your doctor suspect sleep apnea he will send you to a sleep study lab where you spend the night & you get monitered & recorded through the night while you are asleep. Good luck ...Read more
My fiance sleeps a lot! Had sleep test, no sleep apnea. Takes anti depresent meds and iron pills for animia. What could b the problem?
Just diagnosed with Central sleep apnea. On cpap for now but what other tests or drs should I see to find out the cause. Heart has been ruled out.
Several: Central Sleep apnea by definition emanates from the brain therefore, a neurologist or neuro sleep specialist may be the optimal specialist to speak with in order to try and discern a specific cause although often times exhaustive searching finds little to nothing in terms of ORIGIN. If you'd like to set up a private consultation please write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-drsaghafi ...Read more
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea? How can I have my doctor test for it? Please tell me specific symptoms and tests. Thank you very much.
Polysomnogram: This sleep study gives the sleep physician much information. It can be done in a sleep center or with an at home test. It will also be used to make treatment recommendations and judge the effectiveness of treatment. The md will prescribe cpap, but other effective options include mad, mandibular advancement devices, prescribed and fit by a trained dentist. ...Read more
I'm overweight and I've been told that I snore. At what point would it be indicated for me to get a sleep study to test for sleep apnea?
When doctor says so: You don't decide, your doctor decides. If you're concerned, see a sleep specialist. There are several ways that (s)he can assess the likelihood of OSA during an office visit. Respect your doctor by acknowledging his/her expertise as a clinical diagnostician. That's what (s)he's trained for. ...Read more
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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