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I have sleep apnea is there somthing over the counter?

I have sleep apnea is there somthing over the counter?

Short answer...: ...Is no, there isn't anything otc that will really stop/treat obstructive sleep apnea. Most people need combined therapy with medical management of weight along with external mechanical ventilation support aka cpap. ...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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Is there anything over-the-counter to help sleep apnea?

If you have been : Diagnosed with sleep apnea, the treatment options are cpap mask oral sleep appliance surgury. ...Read more

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What dental devices are used to treat sleep apnea?

Apnea treatment: There are 2 dental devices that I am familiar with - a mandibular advancing device and a tongue repositioning device. There are multiple manufacturers for each device. They both work by repositioning your anatomy and increasing the space behind your tongue. ...Read more

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Been suffering severe sleep apnea diagnosed at 17 but much longer than this.feel deprivation and BAD effects daily.HATE CPAP. can oral device help me?

Been suffering severe sleep apnea diagnosed at 17 but much longer than this.feel deprivation and BAD effects daily.HATE CPAP. can oral device help me?

Oral device CAN help: CPAP is the gold standard for OSA treatment because it is effective in almost every case. Oral devices are tolerated by some patients. The most likely candidates are non-obese patients with mild sleep apnea. Studies show some oral appliances reduce OSA severity by 50%, on average - patients with moderate to severe OSA may still have symptoms or remain at higher risk for heart disease, etc. ...Read more

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Husband wears an oral device for sleep apnea. He started snoring again. I adjusted the device, it didn't help. Tried Flonase, didn't help. What to do ?

Husband wears an oral device for sleep apnea. He started snoring again. I adjusted the device, it didn't help. Tried Flonase, didn't help. What to do ?

Sleep apnea: It must be tough for you. If you have a Primary doctor please take your husband to him for evaluation of the sleep apnea and plan what must be done to overcome it. Should not take long. ...Read more

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"my wife and I both have sleep apnea - we are on fixed income - what is the cheapest way to get a pair of those c-pap devices?"

"my wife and I both have sleep apnea - we are on fixed income - what is the cheapest way to get a pair of those c-pap devices?"

Talk to DME: If you have insurance it might be easier to get them. If not, talk to the durable medical equipment (dme) companies in your area. They might be able to get you a deal, maybe a used machine. You will need a new mask. Your doctor's office might have some suggestions. ...Read more

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32yr old healthy M started bed wetting every other day this month.Diagnosed with sleep apnea last year and has been wearing dental device ever since.

32yr old healthy M started bed wetting every other day this month.Diagnosed with sleep apnea last year and has been wearing dental device ever since.

Physical: Need full physical examination to determine cause of bed wetting. Report findings to both your general physician and the dentist who fabricated your dental appliance. If you have not seen an ENT, do so. ...Read more

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What are the dangers in using a dental device to treat sleep apnea when a cpap is needed i was not allowed to sleep on my side during my sleep study. The results indicate only 3 hours of sleep all night and 0% rem. I feel the results may have been diffe

What are the dangers in using a dental device to treat sleep apnea when a cpap is needed i was not allowed to sleep on my side during my sleep study.  The results indicate only 3 hours of sleep all night and 0% rem.  I feel the results may have been diffe

Did : Did you have a sleep study with cpap? If so what are the results? What CPAP setting was effective in eliminating your symptoms. Without seeing your sleep study and evaluating your airway it is difficult to determine if a dental appliance will adequately treat the osa.Dental appliances are use to treat obstructions at the level of the tongue. If you have a large apnea-hypopnea index (ahi) and CPAP is indicated then you may not get relief from the dental appliance because the appliance may not correct the problem at the site of your obstruction or the obstruct may be at a level that the appliance cannot affect. You need to discuss these issues with your sleep specialist, and have an evaluation by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who treats sleep apnea. ...Read more

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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. 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