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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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Does cervical pillows help sleep apnea ?

Does cervical pillows help  sleep apnea ?

Cervical pillows: It depends upon the body position that causes the most apneas. For many people, sleeping on their backs allows their jaws and tongue to drop back as gravity takes over the relaxed muscles and cause a blockage of the airway- often noted with snoring. So while the pillow may provide cervical support, it might better be used by lying on one's side, if that is possible. ...Read more

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Can a dental appliance help sleep apnea?

Can a dental appliance help sleep apnea?

Absolutely!: 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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Sleep apnea surgery results?

Dr. Jason Hall Dr. Hall
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Sleep apnea surgery results?

Depends: Outcomes depend on the procedure/combination of procedures, as well as the anatomy of the airway. Soft tissue surgery (on the palate, nose, etc) have roughly a 50-70% success rate. Jaw surgery, although a bit more drastic, has approximately a 90-95% success rate. Best to see a surgeon in your area trained in sleep surgery to discuss this at length and choose the right procedure for you. ...Read more

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Will a cpap machine improve someone with sleep apnea?

Will a cpap machine improve someone with sleep apnea?

Usually: CPAP is the first line treatment of moderate to severe sleep apnea with associated symptoms. However, success rates vary, and a significant number of people need alternative or adjunctive means of treatment. ...Read more

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How does a cpap help central sleep apnea?

How does a cpap help central sleep apnea?

Gold standard: Regardless, central or obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP machine provides a positive flow of air into the nasal passages to keep the airway open. ...Read more

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Can breathe right strips treat sleep apnea ?

Can breathe right strips treat sleep apnea ?

Usually, No: Breath right strips only benefits patients who have sleep apnea as a result of their nostrils collapsing while breathing. Only a very small number of patients would ever fall into this category. Usually apnea is from over relaxation of the muscles that line the airway, from loose tissues in the back of the throat, or enlarged or swollen tissues on the nose and throat. ...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 to improve performance of sleep apnea cpap machine without docs' help?

How to improve performance of sleep apnea cpap machine without docs' help?

Sleep disturbance: Your pressure may need readjustment your mask / pillows may need readjustment you may have other consition such as RLS or plm disturbing your sleep see a fellowship trained sleep speciaoist. ...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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Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

Bonding: And other dental work can sometimes create a slight malocclusion, which can lead to TMJ symptoms in predisposed individuals. All of the other symptoms you mentioned have absolutely no cause & effect relationship with dental bonding and enamaloplasty of teeth - outside of an acute allergic reaction to something used during treatment. Have those other issues worked up by internist & sleep med doc. ...Read more

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Is obstructive sleep apnea painful?

Is obstructive sleep apnea painful?

No: Sleep apnea can cause headaches, dry mouth, mood and personality changes, excessive sleepiness. It is not a painful condition. ...Read more

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Could sleep apnia cause hand numbness during sleep?

Could sleep apnia cause hand numbness during sleep?

Hard to say: If your breathing is compromised by sleep apnea, many symptoms can appear. Numbness is always a concern- neurological problems, respiratory problems, circulation problems. See a doctor asap. ...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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Does unrestorative sleep cause a puffy face?

Does unrestorative sleep cause a puffy face?

It could: Sleeping is so vitally important for good health. It is when we recharge our battery and it enables us to thrive. Lack of good consistent sleep can not only be dangerous to our body ( high blood pressure, depression, anxiety) but to others. A leading cause of fatal car accidents is falling asleep at the wheel. Your body is telling you that you need help. ...Read more

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Does a tonsillectomy cure sleep apnea?

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. ...Read more

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Cold shoulder pain, sleep paralysis, myoclonus, tmjd, hypoglycemia, voice hoarseness, numbness in neck, paresthesia in face (electrical) and body?

Cold shoulder pain, sleep paralysis, myoclonus, tmjd, hypoglycemia, voice hoarseness, numbness in neck, paresthesia in face (electrical) and body?

Long menu: You have a long menu of symptoms. I would recommend you see a neurologist who specializes in sleep disorders as well and that you also see an endocrinologist. Together they be able to piece together what's going on. The help of an ear nose and throat specialist may also be required. Best wishes. ...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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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