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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
338 doctors shared insights

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. David Kam Dr. Kam
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Living with Seizures (Tip)

Living with Seizures

Use CPAP or bipap to correct obstructive sleep apnea which is the most common type of sleep apnea. ...See more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
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Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
daily
Don't drink alcohol
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Never drive sleepy
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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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After 2 sleep studies, my husband was diagnosed with moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Is it standard for a physician to prescribe cpap without talking with the patient?

After 2 sleep studies, my husband was diagnosed with moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Is it standard for a physician to prescribe cpap without talking with the patient?

Informed Consent: is a dialogue about a proposed medical treatment's nature, consequences, harms, benefits, risks, and alternatives, including the option of no treatment. And CPAP machines are no exception. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Living with Seizures (Tip)

Living with Seizures

Sleep apnea 101: symptomatic obstructive sleep apnea incidence is 4% in american females. ...See more

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to bed at the same time every day
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Wake up at the same time every day
daily
Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
daily
Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
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Should I get a home sleep test or an in-lab test for adult obstructive sleep apnea?

Should I get a home sleep test or an in-lab test for adult obstructive sleep apnea?

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

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my obstructive sleep apnea?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my obstructive sleep apnea?

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

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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


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