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Over The Counter Treatment For Sleep Apnea
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
Is "Provent Therapy" from sleep apnea as effective as a CPAP or at least 50% effective, compared to CPAP?
Provent therapy: Cpap is the gold standard and the most effective. Pro ent can help in mild apnea but really is not that effective for moderate to severe apnea. Maybe you should contact an ent who does sleep apnea surgery if you are not tolerating cpap. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more
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Are alternative treatments to mild obstructive sleep apnea(AHI of 8/H) other than CPAP/BiPAP!
Are there any side effects that will arise from them?
Dad has severe sleep apnea. Refuses to wear CPAP. Snores loudly and profusely. Any other treatments or suggestion?
Am sure I don't have sleep apnea. Am not overweight. Father. Mother. Brother also snore. . I have large tonsils could it be the reason. Treatments?
Need to be tested: Without a study, you can't know. Tonsils can obstruct airflow, and if blocked long enough, that is the definition of obstructive sleep apnea. Tonsil removal may be all you need, but you need an exam. Tonsils may only be part of the problem. Often it is not enough. Apnea is common in skinny people. ...Read more
Child with sleep apnea that does not stop breathing or snore and can not use cpap! Alternative treatments?
Doesn't make sense: By definition, during sleep apnea you stop breathing. We all cycle during breathing, meaning there is a brief period when there is no in/out going on. To have sleep apnea the period of no in/out is extended & blood oxygen level may drop significantly. This is at least a confusion of diagnosis or labeling. A true sleep study with proper video & oxygen assessment could sort this out. ...Read more
Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD — cpap, bipap, pillows?
What can I expect after getting oral appliance therapy for apnea? I'm schedule to go in and talk to my dentist about an oral appliance for sleep apnea, but I'd like a little heads up about what to expect afterwards before I go. Will an oral appliance chan
There are a number of things that can happen as far as side effect like mild pain, teeth not fitting together in the morning, and possible tooth movement.
Follow up care is key to improving the success rate.
Not all patients find success. Seeing a dentist with significant experience and education treating this life threatening condition can help with side effects and improve success. ...Read more
During my sleep, I felt like I couldn't breathe, I felt like I was halfway between my dream and waking up. Is this sleep apnea, and how do I cure it?
Depends: Often the narrowing of the airway is behind the tonsils(more the base of your tongue against the back of your throat) so depending on where the problem is from can help determine if the tonsillectomy will help. ...Read more
Cure? No. : Unless you are morbidly obese, and lose a lot of weight, you can't cure sa. You can manage it though. CPAP works very well, but can be hard to get used to. Keep trying, try different masks, and tallk to your md. If you just can't tolerate it, have a dentist who is trained in sa to make an oral appliance to improve your airflow. Another option is surgery. ...Read more
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