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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

Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
445 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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Obstructive sleep apnea (Tip)

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 when you're 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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Obstructive sleep apnea (Tip)

Obstructive sleep apnea treatment can lead to more restful sleep and healthier bodies. ...See more

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to sleep 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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Obstructive sleep apnea (Tip)

Sleep apnea doesn't only occur in obese people. Many other conditions can cause it. ...See more

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

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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What can cause obstructive sleep apnea in children that already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

What can cause obstructive sleep apnea in children that already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

Other causes: An enlarged tongue, a retruded lower jaw, excess tissue in the soft palate, a deviated septum, enlarged nose turbinates or nasal polyps can all contribute to obstructive sleep apnes. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Obstructive sleep apnea (Tip)

Enlarged nasal turbinates and a deviated septum can be components of sleep apnea. ...See 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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Should people drive while being treated for obstructive sleep apnea?

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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Obstructive sleep apnea (Tip)

Sleep apnea 101: empty the water chamber daily if you have CPAP with a humidifier. ...See 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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What is the best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea?

What is the best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea?

Mechanical: The treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is done only after a formal evaluation by a doctor, preferably a lung specialist. The most frequent treatment is a mechanical breathing apparatus known as CPAP - worn at night. The treatment also usually involves weight loss, avoidance of alcohol and generally keeping oneself healthy by exercising. ...Read more

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Obstructive sleep apnea (Tip)

Don"t- ignore snoring, frequent sleep awakenings or cessation of breathing. Check sleep apnea. ...See more

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What are treatments for obstructive sleep apnea?

Apnea treatments: Treatment choices include; weight loss, change in sleep position, surgery, positive pressure (cpap) and oral appliances. ...Read more

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What are the risks and cures for obstructive stage IV sleep apnea?

What are the risks and cures for obstructive stage IV sleep apnea?

See below: The risks are significant health problems including heart problems and death.
Treatment options should be discussed with your sleep doctor and may include surgery, cpap, and an oral appliance. ...Read more

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Obstructive sleep apnea (Tip)

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

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What's the best treatment to get rid of obstructive sleep apnea?

What's the best treatment to get rid of obstructive sleep apnea?

Mechanical: This condition is caused by many things that narrow your upper airways. The simple treatments are such things as nose strips, etc., but often don't work. The proper treatment is to see a lung specialist, have some formal testing and then proceed to do such things as lose weight, avoid alcohol, exercise and probably use breathing devices such as cpap. ...Read more

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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

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Obstructive sleep apnea (Tip)

Sleep apnea 101: approximately 20 million people in the us have obstructive sleep apnea. (asaa). ...See more

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My mom gets obstructive sleep apnea, so am I likely to get it later?

Maybe: This condition tends to occur in about 1/3 of family members. However it is related to being overweight, alcohol intake and certain physical characteristics of your upper airways. So if you resemble your mom, this would add to the possibility. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea genetic? What are symptoms of it

Is sleep apnea genetic? What are symptoms of it

R/O OSA: RARELY : 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 vs ENT FOR UPP EVAL. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Obstructive sleep apnea (Tip)

Sleep apnea 101: hypopnea is an episode of decreased airflow (usually a drop in oxygen saturation). ...See more

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Should I risk obstructive sleep apnea surgery?

Last resort: If you've been properly diagnosed, what other solutions have you tried? There is CPAP of various types and mandibular advancement appliances, made by dentists. These approaches can be very effective, alone or in combination. Surgery is highly invasive, painful and not always successful. In addition, there is often surgical relapse, and you return to pre surgical condition. Last resort for me. ...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
1,205 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