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Doctor insights on: Sleep Apnea And Premature Baby And Supplemental Oxygen

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Would an oxygen supplement help a 3 y.O. With sleep apnea?

Would an oxygen supplement help a 3 y.O. With sleep apnea?

Usually not: Most likely your 3 y/o has obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by upper airway obstruction while sleeping. Usually this is from large tonsils and adenoids and can be treated with tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Oxygen will not help the airway is blocked. Some children may have other types of sleep apnea or lung conditions that may require oxygen, so you should contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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Can sleep apnea cause low oxygen level?

Can sleep  apnea  cause  low oxygen  level?

Yes,: Both obstructive and central sleep apnea can lead to a decreased gas exchange in the lung through either decreased airflow or disturbed ventilation during the sleep and subsequently result in low oxygen level in blood. ...Read more

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What is the probablity of a person with sleep apnea dying due to lack of oxygen?

What is the probablity of a person with sleep apnea dying due to lack of oxygen?

Sleep apnea: The greater the sleep apnea ( classifications from mild to severe) the greater the chance of dying of " natural causes " in your sleep. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition and should be actively treated. ...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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When I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, the doctor said my blood oxygen level was normal. Do I actually need a cpap?

When I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, the doctor said my blood oxygen level was normal. Do I actually need a cpap?

CPAP: Normal oxygen does not mean that your oxygen saturation did not drop. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea like daytime somnolence, problems concentrating or with memory or irritability or if you have high blood pressure, stroke/tia, coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, you have to be treated. Also moderate and severe osa have to be treated, even w/o anything of the above. ...Read more

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My mother has sleep apnea and falls during the day. Her oxygenation drops at night to 60%. Why would they avoid adding oxygen to her cpap & daytime?

My mother has sleep apnea and falls during the day. Her oxygenation drops at night to 60%. Why would they avoid adding oxygen to her cpap & daytime?

Depends on reason: Does her oxygen drop to 60% when she stops breathing, or does it drop to 60% and stay there even when she is breathing normally during sleep? If the desaturation is because of sleep apnea, adding oxygen would not help as air is not going to the lungs. Opening the airway with CPAP allows normal breathing and oxygen values. If it is sustained desaturation, oxygen is usually added. ...Read more

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Prior ENT exam saw no obstruction relating to sleep apnea. Today diagnosed with/apnea & low oxygen level. Does this mean I have central sleep apnea?

Prior ENT exam saw no obstruction relating to sleep apnea. Today diagnosed with/apnea & low oxygen level. Does this mean I have central sleep apnea?

Sleep Study: A sleep physician will order a sleep study that will clarify your condition. CPAP is the usual initial treatment, but your sleep physician will be the one to decide what course of treatment to follow. Low O2 is a serious condition which requires immediate treatment so don't delay. ...Read more

Dr. Cindy Juster
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Premature Baby (Definition)

Any newborn infant with a gestational age of less 37 weeks- since most pregnancies other than in vitro fertilization cannot determine exact dates of conception, several methods such as early ultrasound, last menstrual period, and the Ballard gestational assessment can ...Read more


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