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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my obstructive sleep apnea until I can see a doctor?

Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my obstructive sleep apnea until I can see a doctor?

Sleep apnea: 10-20 lbs weight loss can significantly reduce the obstruction. You could also quit alcoholic beverages. ...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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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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Is obstructive sleep apnea painful?

Is obstructive sleep apnea painful?

No: Sleep apnea can cause headaches, dry mouth, mood and personality changes, excessive sleepiness. It is not a painful condition. ...Read more

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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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Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea?

Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea?

Indirectly: Untreated sleep apnea causes drops in oxygen levels during sleep, this causes a release of catecholamines which are of "stress hormones". Over time this can increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Overtime these can lead to death. In addition the sleep deprivation leads to increase car accidents, which can be fatal. Treatment helps avoid this. ...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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Do a lot of people get obstructive sleep apnea?

Do a lot of people get obstructive sleep apnea?

Yes.: It has been published that 2% of women and 4% of men. But in my experience, I believe it is much higher. ...Read more

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How does obstructive sleep apnea impact health?

How does obstructive sleep apnea impact health?

Lots of ways: The impact of sleep disorders is evident in a wide range of adverse health consequences, including but not limited to hypertension, cadiovascular diseases, metabolic disorders such a diabetes, gastric disorders such as gerd, respiratory disorders such as asthma, emotional and psychological disorders, and even sudden death. There is a much higher rate of motor vehicle accidents as well. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is obstructive sleep apnea?

Could you explain what is obstructive sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Is a condition of cessation of breathing during sleep that lasts for 10 seconds or longer. It may affect between 1% and 10% of the population, tends to occur between the ages of 40 and 60, and affects more males than females. ...Read more

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What are the options for obstructive sleep apnea?

What are the options for obstructive sleep apnea?

4 options: 1. No treatment which increase the risk of serious health problems.
2. Surgery: there are multiple kinds and each has advantages and disadvantages.
3. Cpap: this machine blows air to keep the airway open.
4. An oral appliance: this device holds the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open.
Talk with your physician to determine what is best for you. There may be other options. ...Read more

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Is there any medication for obstructive sleep apnea?

Is there any medication for obstructive sleep apnea?

See your PCP: Many treatment options are available for obstructive sleep apnea. The recommended therapy for sleep apnea depends on its severity, which is usually determined by a sleep study or examination. See your PCP for evaluation and referral for sleep study and management. ...Read more

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Can I die from obstructive sleep apnea if I ignore it?

Can I die from obstructive sleep apnea if I ignore it?

Yes: If totally ignored it can be a cause of death. However, that is extremely unlikely as it is usually slowly progressive and usually forces one to see a doctor because the symptoms are so miserable. ...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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Does obstructive sleep apnea usually cause many symptoms?

Does obstructive sleep apnea usually cause many symptoms?

Not necessarily: The number one daytime symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (osa) is sleepiness. Turns out that only about 20% of osa patients complain of sleepiness. Thus, the majoriy of osa patients may not subjectively perceive daytime symptoms. Overall, osa may be a sneaky creature which makes it imperative to actively seek for symptoms/predisposing factors. ...Read more

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How effective are cpaps at treating obstructive sleep apnea?

How effective are cpaps at treating obstructive sleep apnea?

Extremely: CPAP that is is properly fitted by therapists who know what they are doing is extremely effective. ...Read more

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Is it possible for young women have obstructive sleep apnea?

Is it possible for young women have obstructive sleep apnea?

Yes: Males and females, regardless of age, are susceptible to the onset of sleep apnea. Much may depend upon heredity, body type, and lifestyle. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get obstructive sleep apnea?

How common is it for somebody to get obstructive sleep apnea?

Very: There is a near epidemic of sleep apnea. Largely because it is strongly, associated with obesity, and there is an obesity epidemic in the United States. ...Read more

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Will obstructive sleep apnea stop me from going on my vacation?

Will obstructive sleep apnea stop me from going on my vacation?

No!: If you will be without electricity, make sure you buy or rent a battery that will last the duration of your vacation. If you will be traveling internationally, make sure your pap machine can adapt to different voltages, or buy an adaptor. Lastly, if you will be going on a cruise or somewhere is questionable water quality, request distilled bottled water to be available for your humidifier. ...Read more

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Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

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 more

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Do lots of people get obstructive sleep apnea, or is it unusual?

Lots of people do: 24% of men and 9% of women 30-60 years of age in the USA will qualify for OSA if allcomers are studied by an overnight sleep study. If only people who complain of daytime sleepiness are included, then the number drops precipitously to: 4% of men and 2% of women. Still, a pretty high prevalence, isn't it? ...Read more

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How to tell if my son possibly still has obstructive sleep apnea?

How to tell if my son possibly still has obstructive sleep apnea?

Home Sleep Testing: Home sleep tests are recommended for children or older adults to diagnose sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: obstructive sleep apnea?

What is the definition or description of: obstructive sleep apnea?

Airway obstruction: 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 type of sleep disorder. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to successfully eliminate obstructive sleep apnea?

4 ways: First, if you are obese, lose weight. This will help but not probably not eliminate it. Second, get a sleep study, and if already diagnosed, use a CPAP machine per your md's instructions. If that fails, third, see a dentist trained in making oral appliances for apena. Fourth, you can discuss surgical options with your md, to see if they would be appropriate for you. Good luck! ...Read more

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Possible obstructive sleep apnea --who do I see to get a diagnosis?

Possible obstructive sleep apnea --who do I see to get a diagnosis?

Sleep specialist: The standard for diagnosing sleep apnea is either a sleep test done at a sleep clinic or an overnight sleep test done at home. Information from this evidence based testing is interpreted by a board certified sleep specialist who renders a specific diagnosis from the sleep test. Dentists who provide oral appliances in treating mild and moderate sleep apnea can help arrange for sleep testing. ...Read more

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Should people drive while being treated for obstructive sleep apnea?

It depends: It depends on how severe it is. If the sleep study confirms that the sleep apnea is successfully treated, with an ahi below 5, then it is safe. ...Read more

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What is the differance between sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea?

What is the differance between sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea?

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 more

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How come I have obstructive sleep apnea, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not hereditary: Sleep apnea is not a hereditary condition. It is not surprising that you are the only one in your family who has it. On the other hand, some of your relatives might have it and not be aware of their condition. ...Read more

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My sister says she has obstructive sleep apnea. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Yes: There is a strong link to obesity which has a genetic component, and there is also some increased risk to have the disease if relatively have it. ...Read more

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My husband has been diagnosed with idiopathic and obstructive sleep apnea, is there a difference in disease course with the additional diagnosis?

My husband has been diagnosed with idiopathic and obstructive sleep apnea, is there a difference in disease course with the additional diagnosis?

Ideopathic: Means the cause is unknown. Obstructive means his airway is being blocked. Sleep Apnea means there are periods during the night when your husband stops breathing.
This is a fairly serious condition which should be treated right away. The most common and often effective treatment is CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. See a certified sleep physician for treatment. ...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
1,207 Doctors shared insights

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