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Doctor insights on: Risk Factors For Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Should i risk obstructive sleep apnea surgery?

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

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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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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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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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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?

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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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Is obstructive sleep apnea curable?

Is obstructive sleep apnea curable?

Yes: CPAP will greatly help symptoms, this is a mask that applies a low level of air pressure to the airway keeping it from blocking during sleep and effectively treats sleep apnea. In most patients the sleep apnea is related to obesity. Weight loss will help and sometimes even cure the sleep apnea. ...Read more

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How may obesity contribute to sleep apnea?

How may obesity contribute to sleep apnea?

Extra flesh and fat: Obesity can cause obstructive sleep apnea (osa). A person with osa may not have enough space in the throat area, so air can't flow easily to the lungs during sleep. An obese person has more fat, including in the neck and throat areas, so there is more flesh to block air flow. An obese person lying down has extra weight in the tummy pushing up at the bottom of the chest, making breathing more work. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea inherited?

Is sleep apnea inherited?

Yes: Yes, it is often inherited, but not always. One reason has to do with the fact that we look similar to our relatives. The facial bone growth determines the size of the airway and may be narrow in families with sleep apnea. Other familial factors may be obesity, size of tonsils and adenoids, muscle tone and how we breathe when we sleep. ...Read more

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Is there a correlation between snoring, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnoea?

Is there a correlation between snoring, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnea: Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Osa means that the body/brain is being deprived of oxygen for at least 10 seconds at a time. This lack of oxygen is connected to stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Does obesity cause sleep apnea?

Does obesity cause sleep apnea?

Not just weight: Anatomy is king. Obstructive sleep apnea happens in a small airway "box". The airway can be small if what's in it takes up space or if the box is smaller. Weight gain increases tongue size and the thickness of the side walls of the throat. Tonsils may be large. Small jaw size, often inherited , will increase the risk of osa . Low muscle tone is also a factor. ...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 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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Does smoking lead to sleep apnea?

Does smoking lead to sleep apnea?

Perhaps: To the degree that smoke irritates mucosa, the resulting inflammation can increase airway resistance. Upper airway resistance can be a precursor to apnea. Smoking also has an effect on the lower airway, compromising oxygen exchange in general. Smoking does not cause apnea, but likely can add to its consequences. ...Read more

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Is snoring always related to sleep apnea?

Is snoring always related to sleep apnea?

Good Question!: No, not always. However, those who snore loudly should be screened for sleep apnea with a detailed history and possibly a sleep study. Those who snore without sleep apnea do report that their sleep is better after treatment because their bed partner no longer has to kick, punch, pinch, etc while they are sleeping and everyone is happier after treatment :). ...Read more

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops (apnea) during sleep usually as a result of a temporary obstruction such as a narrowing and closing in the oropharynx. When the brain detects that breathing has stopped, an alarm goes up that wakes the person so that he starts breathing again. Often the person does not know why he has woken. An observer may note snoring or gasping in the night. ...Read more

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Consistent oxygen saturation of 89-90 while sleeping. Is this considered obstructive sleep apnea?

Consistent oxygen saturation of 89-90 while sleeping. Is this considered obstructive sleep apnea?

Right on the brink: Typically, O2 sats while asleep in a healthy individual should be >90. If yours are typically hitting 90 or below then, I'd say you are right in the crack between barely normal and barely abnormal. I'd think for a 19 year old nonsmoker you could do a bit better than that so it all depends on what else is going on. That number by itself doesn't diagnose OSA but "yes" you could have it. ...Read more

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Could years of sleep apnea obstructive cause autonomic dysfunction?

Could years of sleep apnea obstructive cause autonomic dysfunction?

See below: Good question. Obstructive sleep apnea (osa) ; autonomic dysfunction have been studied intently over the recent years. There are direct links surfacing between the two but more indirect links exist via osa ; Insulin resistance. So to answer your question, it's possible, especially if the osa is poorly controlled w/ other comorbidities present exacerbating the situation. Best to keep osa in check! ...Read more

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What type of diabetes sleep apnea/sleep deprivation could lead to?(type 1 or 2).And can sleep deprived diabetes be reversed?

What type of diabetes sleep apnea/sleep deprivation could lead to?(type 1 or 2).And can sleep deprived diabetes be reversed?

Type 2 diabetes: Obstructive sleep apnea has been associated with type 2 diabetes. Both have obesity in common. Once you have diabetes, it never goes away. However, exercise, a reasonable low calorie diet and weight loss will help improve both sleep apnea and diabetes. Sleep apnea is also associated with high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause copd ?

Can sleep apnea cause copd ?

Not directly...: Untreated sleep apnea can have many complications but it does not directly cause COPD. The obstruction that is talked about in sleep apnea is more of a mechanical obstruction of the upper airways related to redundant soft tissue. The airway obstruction in COPD is related to disease of the airways caused typically from smoking. Hope this helps!!!! ...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. 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