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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)

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


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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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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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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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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 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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What is the best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea?

What is the best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea?

Mechanical: The treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is done only after a formal evaluation by a doctor, preferably a lung specialist. The most frequent treatment is a mechanical breathing apparatus known as CPAP - worn at night. The treatment also usually involves weight loss, avoidance of alcohol and generally keeping oneself healthy by exercising. ...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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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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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my obstructive sleep apnea?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my obstructive sleep apnea?

Depends: If one's sleep apnea is mild then perhaps using breathe rite strips on nose as well as treating with nasal steroid spray is ok otherwise may need to consider CPAP breathing apparatus at bedside and/or nasal soft palate surgery. Of course confirm sleep apnea with a sleep study first. ...Read more

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Possible chronic fatigue syndrome and noticeable REM rebound on sleep apnea treatment. Will taking antidepressants aggravate symptoms of both?

Possible chronic fatigue syndrome and noticeable REM rebound on sleep apnea treatment. Will taking antidepressants aggravate symptoms of both?

REM Rebound: Rem rebound is common when treatment for sleep apnea is started. Antidepressants will sometimes decrease rem sleep. They will not worsen rem rebound. They may indeed be helpful in chronic fatigue. It is also possible that your chronic fatigue may improve with sleep apnea treatment. A lot depends upon whether your fatigue is physical tiredness or sleepiness. Best wishes to you and i hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Have your patients been able to lower blood pressure using the resperate device? I'm 6 mo. In on sleep apnea treatment - hoping to see BP improvement.

Have your patients been able to lower blood pressure using the resperate device? I'm 6 mo. In on sleep apnea treatment - hoping to see BP improvement.

Yes over time: Sleep apnea does contribute to harder to control blood pressure. The longer you're using your CPAP there usually is improvement in terms of blood pressure control. Weight loss is also a contributing factor that helps since as you sleep better, you're more energetic, less dependent on natural Adrenalin to keep you going and less likely to crave cards and sugars for a quick energy boost. ...Read more

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Had a sleep study no apnea but had RERA, what's the treatment? Thanks

Had a sleep study no apnea but had RERA, what's the treatment? Thanks

RERA Rx: RERA- respiratory related sleep arousal, may not require the same treatments that sleep apnea does. What could help someone with RERA? Losing weight, changing sleep position, or a mouth guard. These are simple remedies that can make a difference. Air humidity can also be important. And don't forget about sleep hygeine! ...Read more

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I'm on o2 at night for apnea. Can that extra oxygen dry out my skin? It is very dry since beginning treatment

I'm on o2 at night for apnea. Can that extra oxygen dry out my skin? It is very dry since beginning treatment

Possible: Positive pressure oxygen therapy can easily dry your oral cavity, throat, lungs, unless moisture is added to your device. Consistent 6-8 hours of this kind of dryness could affect the overall hydration of your body. Talk to your doctor, possibly increase your water intake, if humidity cannot be added to your oxygen. ...Read more

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Could sleep apnea go away without treatment?

Could sleep apnea go away without treatment?

Not usually: There are different causes of sleep apnea. Some may have anatomical reasons such as large tonsils, a narrow airway or a deviated nasal septum. Obesity can also cause sleep apnea. There is no guarantee that with weight loss that the disorder will go away. Without treatment, sleep apnea can cause other problems such as high blood pressure or heart problems. ...Read more

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What treatment do you recommend for mild sleep apnea?

What treatment do you recommend for mild sleep apnea?

Non-CPAP first: Mild sleep apnea can be addressed (dependent on the individual) with weight loss, lateral sleeping position, elevation the head/upper back to 30 degree, avoiding alcohol too close to bedtime, avoiding certain medications (such as benzodiazepines), treating of nasal congestion, and even playing the dingeridoo. ...Read more

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Obstructive sleep apnea. How do you feel about treatment options?

Obstructive sleep apnea. How do you feel about treatment options?

By Individual : Each of us has to find what is best for each of us. CPAP works well if we can tolerate it. Weight management, improved sleep hygiene, alcohol avoidance all can be helpful. Mad appliances are good in milder cases, or for those who are CPAP intolerant. Dealing with allergies, managing respiratory issues is important. Surgical intervention can be effective, but i admit to a non-surgical bias. ...Read more

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