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Machine For 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
No: According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
R/O OSA: OSA can be suggested by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?
Sleep apnea: Impossible to answer withou complete history.Your diagnosis should be based on a sleep study by your md. Cpap, bipap, etc are gold standards, but weigh loss helps, altered medication can help-check with md.If you can't use cpap, an oral appliance like the tap may help.You need to see a dentist that specializes in sleep apnea.Often oral medicine will and dentists in sleep academy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
R/O OSA: YES BUT cpap is more effective for OSA SX& Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both: Both are serious conditions, manageable with treatment, and serious if neglected. The severity varies in every particular case, the classification is not intended to determine which one is milder, they just have different ways to treat them. In general, treatment compliance is an important factor that affects treatment outcomes of both. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?
Apnea hypopnea index is 23 on bipap machine. I have mostly central brain apneas.I aalso have obstructive apnea and hypopnea?
Apnea: Obstrutive due to dynamic narrowing of upper airway (nose/throat/wind pipe) by a large tongue, jaw deformities, obesity. Pt usually snores. Central apnea there is no obstruction, usually no snoring . Conditions like heart-kidney failure, stroke, sedatives cause brainstem to decrease respiratory drive when sleeping. Need to treat the conditions. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Consistent oxygen saturation of 89-90 while sleeping. Is this considered obstructive sleep apnea?
Right on the brink: Typically, O2 sats while asleep in a healthy individual should be >90. If yours are typically hitting 90 or below then, I'd say you are right in the crack between barely normal and barely abnormal. I'd think for a 19 year old nonsmoker you could do a bit better than that so it all depends on what else is going on. That number by itself doesn't diagnose OSA but "yes" you could have it. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Whatever works. : My thought on this would be to choose what works. You can get the most expensive equipment, but it may not fit right or may not create a tight seal or may simply be too uncomfortable to use every night. Get what's comfortable and what helps, be it nasal or full-face. ...Read more
Depends: It depends. Some people feel an immediate effect, others take time. It does depend on how severe the apnea is too. Continue to use CPAP and follow up with your sleep physican for compliance and to make sure the pressure is adequate to treat your apnea. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: I would recommend against given: 1. Contamination - who knows how old or unused it has been which can lead to mold buildup. I would make sure that it was properly cleaned and disinfected. 2. His pressure settings may not be what you require. The best way to determine this would be with a CPAP titration to determine how settings should be adjusted for you specifically. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My doctor recommended I use a c-pap machine for sleep apnea. This after a sleep study test. What are the advantage of this machine. It going to help?
Sleep apnea : You shouldn't ignore your sleep apnea. It has been linked to many diseases and people have even died from it. The c-pap is the go to device for sleep physicians to treat sleep apnea. It is effective but long term compliance is an issue. Oral appliances made by specially trained dentists are another option which is recommended for mild to moderate sleep apnea. Educate yourself about your options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I use a cpap machine for sleep apnea and it really dries up my nose, throat, mouth. How can I avoid this?
Advice: Excellent advice here: http://www.thecpapshop.com/blog/tips-for-dry-mouth-cpap-mask-tactics/Get a more detailed answer ›
What are tools and machines recommended to treat sleep apnea that i can order online that isn't a discomfort?
Donl't: Don't order on line. Treatment needs to be tailored for the severity of your problem and it needs to be periodically checked for effectiveness. If you don't want to use a breathing machine, find a dentist who is trained in dental sleep medicine and he can make an oral appliance that is appropriate for your condition. Buying something online and using it doesn't mean it is doing you any good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What should you do when your husband has been diagnosed with sleep apnea and won't use the machine?
Get help: Find out why he does not wish to use it and have him see a doctor experienced in treatment of osa. Often, there are fit or comfort issues that can be remedied. If CPAP is still not accepted, for some we can treat using oral appliances or reconstructive surgery, if performed by an expert. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My partner has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, they requested a machine from Discovery that he must use at night but Discovery declined it, what is our other options?
Best treatment - loose weight and exercise. Then machine. Try clinic for special fee. If have specific diagnosis and resubmit request may offer equipment to you. Dental appliances for condition not as effective as machine. ...Read more
A dentist replies: The CPAP is titrated by the sleep doctor, so do not do it on your own. You can work with a trained dentist and your sleep physician. A mad appliance, mandibular advancement device, can be made by a dentist that can allow the physician to reduce the pressure or perhaps eliminate the need for CPAP in some cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep Apnea: You are required to consult your sleep specialist and technologist to adjust pressure, you should not try it by your self as it can lead to complications such as increased pressure causing central apneas etc. Autopap machines are supposed to adjust pressure themselves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you please list the risks associated with using a sleep apnea machine (cpap) that's not yours?
Cure? No. : Unless you are morbidly obese, and lose a lot of weight, you can't cure sa. You can manage it though. CPAP works very well, but can be hard to get used to. Keep trying, try different masks, and tallk to your md. If you just can't tolerate it, have a dentist who is trained in sa to make an oral appliance to improve your airflow. Another option is surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Desensitization: I recommend to my patients to try to use the CPAP device in the evening while watching tv to get used to the feeling of the mask and pressure. This helps to make it easier and more comfortable to use at night while sleeping. Sometimes a mask change is needed for comfort or an adjustment in pressure. For some on higher pressure of CPAP and switch to bipap can make breathing easier. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
FATIGUE WITH OSA: Provigil iand nuvigil help with energy and fatigue Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera. Start a gluten free diet WEIGHT LOSS IS CRITICAL .Wholeapproach.com gut loss.com. If CPAP or BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. Limit use of sedatives/hypnotics like ambien/lunesta/rozerem. D/W your doctor all options if RLS is present neurontin/Topamax may help ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Consider OAT: Oral appliance therapy (oat) uses a custom-fitted night guard-type appliance that advances the lower jaw in much the same way that "rescue breathing" opens the airway during cpr. More than 40 different devices have fda approval for the control of apnea--specifically approved for mild-to-moderate osa, but certainly useful in much more severe cases--often in combination w/ other modalities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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