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Had medical diagnosis delayed with diagnoses of depression. Doing much better with cpap treatment for apnea. Why do doctors jump to depression diagn?

Had medical diagnosis delayed with diagnoses of depression. Doing much better with cpap treatment for apnea. Why do doctors jump to depression diagn?

They are related: Sleep apnea patients are often depressed, and depressed patients often have sleep disorders, including insomnia, hypersomnia, and sleep apnea. So the depression in a sleep apnea patient may be diagnosed separately. With thorough sleep questionnaires, physical examination and mental health assessment, a complete diagnosis will be reached. ...Read more

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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


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What is treatment for sleep apnea ?

What is treatment for sleep apnea ?

CPAP: The most noninvasive treatment is the use of a continuous positive air pressure machine(cpap). This will force air through the blockage which is usually the base of the tongue. There are some surgical procedures which can help such as uppp but only if you have extremely enlarged tonsils and a very broad and long uvula. Weight loss is useful if you are extremely overweight. ...Read more

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How can I get treatment for sleep apnea?

How can I get treatment for sleep apnea?

See doc: The first step in treating sleep apnea is to see your doctor and discuss your concerns and symptoms with him. He may recommend a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea, which type, and how severe. It can be treated with a CPAP machine or even by your dentist with an orthotic device worn i. Your teeth. ...Read more

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What is the first treatment for sleep apnea?

What is the first treatment for sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Several possibilities: losing weight. See an ear nose & throat specialist to evaluate your tonsils, adenoids and sinus wear a CPAP or a custom made dental device that holds your jaw forward while you sleep thereby increasing the airway. ...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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My husband did not like the idea about using a cpap mask. is this the only treatment for sleep apnea?

Oral appliance : therapy is an alternative treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea for patients who are CPAP intolerant. The device fits like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. There are a variety of oral appliances that can treat obstructive sleep apnea and need to be individually chosen. See an OFP specialist, they are also an expert in dental sleep disorders. ...Read more

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How effective can a dental appliance be in treatment of sleep apnea over cpap?

How effective can a dental appliance be in treatment of sleep apnea over cpap?

Only if you wear it.: They work very well. The ones i've made are especially useful when traveling. They are a lot less cumbersome than a cpap. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for sleep apnea outside of using different masks with air at night?

What are treatment options for sleep apnea outside of using different masks with air at night?

Masks alternatives: There are many alternatives including: oral appliances, surgery, weight loss and changing certain habits (e.g. avoid alcohol or eating near bed time). See your PCP for consultation. Oral appliances may be an effective treatment option for you. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea?

What is the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Ap: Most common type of sleep apnea, where there is obstruction of upper airways, leading to repetitive pauses of breathing during sleep, lasting 20-40 seconds each. Treatment is CPAP & Oral appliances & if all fail, surgery. ...Read more

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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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