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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

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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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Do you know if mild sleep apnea can get worse over time?

Do you know if mild sleep apnea can get worse over time?

See below: Ageing, gaining weight, certain medications, worsening sleep or comorbidities, among other possibilities can possibly worsen sleep apnea. It is best to continually manage it under the care of your sleep doctor to keep it in check. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to get rid of or treat mild sleep apnea?

Can someone tell me how to get rid of or treat mild sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Several possibilities: losing weight. See an ear nose ; throat specialist to evaluate your tonsils, adenoids and sinus wear a CPAP or a custom made dental device that holds your jaw forward while you sleep thereby increasing the airway. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to take a dose of benedryl is I have mild sleep apnea?

Is it safe for me to take a dose of benedryl is I have mild sleep apnea?

FATIGUE WITH OSA: Provigil/ nuvigil/adderal/Ritalin/Starttera. Start a gluten free diet WEIGHT LOSS IS CRITICAL .Wholeapproach.com gutbliss.com. If CPAP or BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. Limit use of sedatives/hypnotics like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) /ambien/lunesta/rozerem. D/W your doctor all options if RLS is present neurontin/Topamax may help. ...Read more

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How can I treat on the back mild sleep apnea? I am female and normal weight. I snore very loudly and this disturbs my husband.

How can I treat on the back mild sleep apnea?  I am female and normal weight. I snore very loudly and this disturbs my husband.

Sleep Study: You should get a sleep study done either at a sleep study center(best) or have your doctor order at home sleep study (as long as it has some form of positional monitoring) to get an accurate diagnosis first. If no sleep apnea your dentist can fabricate a variety of oral devices that can help with your snoring. ...Read more

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I have mild sleep apnea (study) but my symptoms are that of severe sleep apnea. Condition only midly improved with cpap and automatic pressure always hitting maximum. Could it be something else?

I have mild sleep apnea (study) but my symptoms are that of severe sleep apnea. Condition only midly improved with cpap and automatic pressure always hitting maximum. Could it be something else?

About apnea: The differential diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea can be quite extensive. If you are not feeling better on cpap, you need to be sure to follow up with your family physician. The practice of medicine is the art of continually checking in on the patient. Be sure your weight is ideal for your height, thyroid is normal, and is your sleep pattern normal. Is there any underlying depression? ...Read more

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Can mild sleep apnea cause a person to be so tired and cause a person to fall asleep sitting doing nothing or working at my computer?

Can mild sleep apnea cause a person to be so tired and cause a person to fall asleep sitting doing nothing or working at my computer?

Fatigue: Hello. Absolutely. Daytime fatigue is a common symptom of sleep apnea. Even mild. I would still recommend reviewing your results, your medications, and symptoms with a sleep specialist. It may be a combination of issues. ...Read more

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Can mild sleep apnea untreated for years cause autonomic neuropathy ?

Can mild sleep apnea untreated for years cause autonomic neuropathy ?

Unlikely at your age: Autonomic neuropathy is rare. Chest pain between gerd and heart disease can give autonomic symptoms such as light headedness, shortness of breath. Diabetes, valvular heart disease and brain disorders must be considered. See a neurologist and sleep medicine doctor for testing and treatment. ...Read more

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11yr old daughter has mild sleep apnea, tonsils are pretty small. They want to take anoids and tonsils out, is this necessary?

11yr old daughter has mild sleep apnea, tonsils are pretty small. They want to take anoids and tonsils out, is this necessary?

Air is necessary: What is necessry is that your daughter get sufficient air flow during sleep. If she has sleep apnea at age 11, she will likely have much bigger problems as an adult. Tonsils and adenoids are a good place to start, and I am sure that your md would not have recommended it without benefit. Proper sleep and airflow is very important for growth and development. ...Read more

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I've had sleep study twice, mild sleep apnea. Am 18 years old, what underlying problem could i have? Does it surprise a teens on cpap? Not overweight!

I've had sleep study twice, mild sleep apnea. Am 18 years old, what underlying problem could i have? Does it surprise a teens on cpap? Not overweight!

Depends...: If you're 18 and not overweight, obstructive sleep apnea in your case may have numerous possible causes. You should see an ENT doctor for a thorough evaluation of your upper airway anatomy to identify your possible areas of obstruction (e.g. Base of tongue, tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum, dentition, jaw position). Everyone is different so you should get checked out. ...Read more

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Is a cpap machine 100 % safe for a 6 month old for mild sleep apnea poss due to mild malacia? Or are there side effects?

Is a cpap machine 100 % safe for a 6 month old for mild sleep apnea poss due to mild malacia? Or are there side effects?

Very safe: CPAP is a safe option. Really on side effects, other than the discomfort of placing the apparatus on your body which restricts your mobility in sleep. But with time, most patients get used to it. ...Read more

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I have mild sleep apnea and the cpap machine hasn't improved my symptoms. I still wake up tired, unrefreshed, and fatigued. What could be causing this?

I have mild sleep apnea and the cpap machine hasn't improved my symptoms. I still wake up tired, unrefreshed, and fatigued. What could be causing this?

See below: please see your pulmonologist it could be something as simple as readjusting your pressure support on your machine. The other consideration is Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) causes insomnia and fatigue is one of its side effects.I have a you patients have suffered from this. Please see your doctor for follow up it's important. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and I have been using a cpap machine for 1 1/2 years. And I still wake up every morning exhausted. What to do?

I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and I have been using a cpap machine for 1 1/2 years. And I still wake up every morning exhausted. What to do?

Need a reevaluation: You need to be reevaluated by whoever set up your cpap. You may need a higher pressure setting or some other tweak to get it working properly for you. ...Read more

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Completed sleep study and have mild sleep apnea. Oxygen recorded during sleep 86%. Will a CPAP machine help ease my high rate of PVCs (20,000) a day.

Completed sleep study and have mild sleep apnea. Oxygen recorded during sleep 86%. Will a CPAP machine help ease my high rate of PVCs (20,000) a day.

CPAP and PVCs: Hi Derrick, there is data that demonstrates that CPAP usage does decrease the number of PVCs, but this was only in patients diagnosed with heart failure. Keep in mind that regular CPAP usage should improve any current symptoms related to sleep apnea such as day time fatigue and will also prevent long term complications such as pulmonary hypertension. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I do have mild sleep apnea, does it cause these numbers ? Do not smoke, 42 age male rbc 5.78 hgb 17.9 hct 50.7 mpv 11.6 platelets 216 WBC 8.94 scared

Sleep apnea: I would recommend treating the sleep apnea. Breathing is critical to a healthy functioning body. Brain function and health are not always reflected in numbers. The ramifications of untreated sleep apnea can be significant so why not treat it? ...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