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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Treatment For Sleep Apnea

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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.

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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

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


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Is there anything over-the-counter to help sleep apnea?

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.

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What are treatments for obstructive sleep apnea?

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.

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Is "Provent Therapy" from sleep apnea as effective as a CPAP or at least 50% effective, compared to CPAP?

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!

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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?

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?

Weight management: Depending on a patients weight, getting closer a BMI under 25 may be more successful in the long term for OSA and a variety of other health issues.

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Dad has severe sleep apnea. Refuses to wear CPAP. Snores loudly and profusely. Any other treatments or suggestion?

Dad has severe sleep apnea. Refuses to wear CPAP. Snores loudly and profusely. Any other treatments or suggestion?

Help him to undergo: His prescribed right treatment for his long term wellbeing and no short cuts. If he has weight problem (most likely overweight) make him to loose weight. Don't look for shortcuts as there are none, make sure he keeps his doctor's appointments.

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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?

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.

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Child with sleep apnea that does not stop breathing or snore and can not use cpap! Alternative treatments?

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.

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Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Here we go?: No, not related. Treatment is with a c-pap machine are others as you listed. Care is directed by someone trained in sleep disorders. You can have COPD and other lung diseases but not related to sleep apnea. Together, they are difficult.

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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

Depends: 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.

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Can you tell me treatments for restless legs syndrome, insomnia and sleep apnea?

Can you tell me treatments for restless legs syndrome, insomnia and sleep apnea?

CPAP: CPAP will help with sleep apnea. That will usually help with restless legs too. If not, there are pills for that. If insomnia persists, check with an insomnia clinic for a detailed therapy plan.

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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?

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?

Maybe: You should see your physician or a sleep specialist for an evaluation. Sleep apnea treatment depends upon the severity of the sleep apnea. It can cause death and you should not be treated on your own.

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What's the expert opinion, could the cpap mask cure your sleep apnea?

What's the expert opinion, could the cpap mask cure your sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: CPAP doesn't cure sleep apnea. It treats it. The forced oxygen helps to keep the body properly oxygenated, thereby combating the serious effects of lack of o2- heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure etc.

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Does a tonsillectomy cure sleep apnea?

It might: If the tonsils are huge and obstruct the airway then removing them might cure apnea. Usually though apnea is due to airway obstruction caused by different areas including the nose palate and tongue. Best to see and ENT for an airway evaluation.

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Does the surgery of the jawbone cure the sleep apnea?

Does the surgery of the jawbone cure the sleep apnea?

It can: It can if the area of the obstruction is opened with the corrective surgery. Jaw advancement surgery has the highest success rate of any OSA surgery.

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How effectively does a tonsillectomy cure sleep apnea?

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 where the problem is from can help determine if the tonsillectomy will help.

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Will getting tonsils removed cure sleep apnea?

Will getting tonsils removed cure sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Having tonsils and adenoids removed can help to increase the airways, allowing more oxygen to get into the bloodstream, thereby decreasing the severity of the sleep apnea. Check with an ENT to be sure that there aren't any other obstructions (deviated septum for one).

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Can you cure sleep apnea without a breathing machine?

Can you cure sleep apnea without a breathing machine?

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.

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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
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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