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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. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...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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Is a tonsilectomy safe? If so how safe is it? I have mild sleep apnea and huge ttonsils and they want me to have this surgery .....

Is a tonsilectomy safe? If so how safe is it? I have mild sleep apnea and huge ttonsils and they want me to have this surgery .....

If: You are snoring and breathing stops on occasion, that could be detrimental in long run. If tonsil enlarged, better option than using machine (CPAP) specially if you are young. Surgery has risk, but under a competitive surgeon and team, you should do fine. ...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?

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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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping 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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more