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Is cpap the only treatment for obstructive sleep apnea?

Is cpap the only treatment for obstructive sleep apnea?

No: According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine. ...Read more

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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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is there any medication for obstructive sleep apnea?

Is there any medication for obstructive sleep apnea?

See your PCP: Many treatment options are available for obstructive sleep apnea. The recommended therapy for sleep apnea depends on its severity, which is usually determined by a sleep study or examination. See your PCP for evaluation and referral for sleep study and management. ...Read more

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Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Both: Both are serious conditions, manageable with treatment, and serious if neglected. The severity varies in every particular case, the classification is not intended to determine which one is milder, they just have different ways to treat them. In general, treatment compliance is an important factor that affects treatment outcomes of both. ...Read more

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Is cpap the only treatment for sleep apnea?

Is cpap the only treatment for sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Impossible to answer withou complete history.Your diagnosis should be based on a sleep study by your md. Cpap, bipap, etc are gold standards, but weigh loss helps, altered medication can help-check with md.If you can't use cpap, an oral appliance like the tap may help.You need to see a dentist that specializes in sleep apnea.Often oral medicine will and dentists in sleep academy. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for obstructive sleep apnea?

What is the treatment for obstructive sleep apnea?

Various: The gold standard for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea is nasal cpap, or continuous positive airway pressure. However, this is sometimes poorly tolerated. Some case of sleep apnea are treated with oral appliances to advance the mandible and open the airway. Some patients are good candidates for surgical correction to move the jaws forward to open the airway. Treatment depends on many factors. ...Read more

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What's done for sleep apnea?

What's done for sleep apnea?

R/O OSA: 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 can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea surgery effective?

Is sleep apnea surgery effective?

Sleep apnea: Some surgeries are more effective than others. Te most important part is the diagnosis to see where the problem is. Jaw advancement is shown to have great results. This surgery opens up the posterior airway. ...Read more

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Is surgery effective to treat obstructive sleep apnea?

Is surgery effective to treat obstructive sleep apnea?

Yes if Multi-Level : Multi-level surgery has been shown to be more effective than traditional methods. Depending on the severity of osa, treating the palate/tonsils in combination with the base of tongue and/or sinonasal obstruction is quite successful in reducing patient symptoms and osa severity. Latest minimally-invasive techniques has reduced pain. 50% success is based on old uppp-alone surgical data. ...Read more

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Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Consider Nuvigil: For patients with ongoing sleepiness in spirited of cpap, Nuvigil is usually the next recorded treatment. It only occasionally raises blood pressure, but you should have it checked if you start on it. Good luck to you. ...Read 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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Help please! is apnea the same disorder as sleep apnea?

Help please! is apnea the same disorder as sleep apnea?

Apnea: Apnea is defined as a stopping of breathing- it can be caused by many different factors. Holding one's breath is a form of apnea. Medications can cause it as well. Sleep apnea is cessation of breathing while asleep and can be caused by airway obstructions ( tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum, enlarged uvula, sleeping on ones back allowing the jaw and tongue to drop back and block the airway.). ...Read more

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I have chronic migraine/fibromyalgia. Sleep study ordered, AHI is 26.1.One sleep specialist this is sleep apnea and I need CPAP, other says its fine?

I have chronic migraine/fibromyalgia. Sleep study ordered, AHI is 26.1.One sleep specialist this is sleep apnea and I need CPAP, other says its fine?

Go to primary doc: the specifics about the sleep study are important. abnormal sleep patterns must be correctly interpreted, as the treatment is usually long term. migraine prevention is not complicated ie beta blockers, midrin, fibromyaogia is treatable , and sleep should be fixed first. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to cpap for sleep apnea?

What are some alternatives to cpap for sleep apnea?

Multiple options: Treatment for sleep apnea can depend on the severity. The best long term treatment is weight loss if you carry too much weight. For mild to moderate sleep apnea a dental appliance can help with apnea and snoring. Surgical options include tissue reduction surgery (uvulopalatopharyngioplasty), jaw surgery and the newest option is a pacemaker device that opens the airway during snoring. No meds help. ...Read more

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Can using a cpap for sleep apnea really be worthwhile?

Can using a cpap for sleep apnea really be worthwhile?

Cpap: If CPAP is properly used and if you have osa then results are remarkable. I myself has been using CPAP for many years. My quality of life has improved so much. ...Read more

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For sleep apnea, why is cpap prescribed more than oral appliances?

For sleep apnea, why is cpap prescribed more than oral appliances?

R/O OSA: cpap is more effective for osal. 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 can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP ...Read more

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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