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What Are Sleep Apnea Doctors Called
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
I do: I do, but my practice is limited to sleep disorders, so there is selection bias. Primary care physicians (pcp) see a lot of people complaining of difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying awake, and of generally unsatisfatory sleep quality. Some of these are sent to sleep centers for further evaluation and some are managed by the pcp. 10% of people suffer from insomnia; 9-24% from sleep apnea. ...Read more
LowT and apnea:
I see this frequently. In one study, morning testosterone levels were in the hypogonadal range in 4 of the 10 patients (40%). Improvement often, but not always occurs with cpap. See:decreased pituitary-gonadal secretion in men with obstructive. ..
Jcem. Endojournals. Org/content/87/7/3394. Best wishes. It is frequent enough for me to checkup male patients regularly for this. ...Read more
Sleep specialist: Sleep specialists that have probably the best ability to treat apnea are pulmonologist (lung doctors) that have gone on to complete a sub-sub specialty in sleep medicine. There is a separate board certification for sleep medicine. To find a specialist that is board certified on your area go to www. Aasmnet. Org (american academy of sleep medicine). ...Read more
Sleep specialists: Sleep medicine is a sub-discipline of medicine. Therapists may include physicians (especially neurologists and pulmonolgists), dentists, physician assistants and lab technicians. Look for training in sleep medicine and membership in sleep academies. Talk to your dentist and pcp for more info. ...Read more
Your regular Dr:
the specialists in sleep medicine handle really tough cases and read sleep studies your regular dr can order the tests. ...Read more
Primary care: Patients can start with there primary care doctor, who can screen for sleep apnea and order a sleep test. The test itself is read usually by a sleep specialist. Sleep specialists can be found in many specialties. Often they are pulmonologists (lung doctors) because the therapy involves a machine that affects the air pressure in the airway. Still neurologists, and ENT doctors often have an interest. ...Read more
As: As above discussed above, the 2 main types are central and obstructive. There are many other types of sleep disorders. A sleep specialist can help with the diagnosis which may an overnight sleep study. Occasionally these can be done at home with special equipment, . ...Read more
Do you think I should go see a doctor or find ways to minimize my potential sleep apnea condition?
See your doctor: You should see your doctor and have a sleep study to accurately diagnosis your condition. Depending on the severity, trying to minimize it yourself may not do anything. Sleep apnea can be caused by anatomical issues such as having a narrower airway, deviated nasal septum or large tonsils. If sleep apnea goes untreated or is severe, it can lead to high blood pressure or heart problems. ...Read more
Connection of sleep apnea secondary to Rhinitis and Sinusitis? VA doctors say impossible, other doctors wrote articles of connection online.
My roommate tells me that I toss and turn very much while iam asleep? Checked by entering doc and he dismissed sleep apnea what may cause this
Not so fast, here: You could still have a sleep disorder, and this could include "paroxysmal limb movements in sleep". and a "REM sleep disorder", but sometimes, sleep apnea appears in this guise. If you have sleeping problems, an overnight sleep study could be very revealing. Maybe you need a second opinion. ...Read more
If im 5'8 1/2 can I call myself 5'9? Cause my idol frank zane is 5'9.I probably stunted my growth from sleep apnea, low t and chronic stress. I'm 18.
With high shoes: If you wear thick-soled shoes, you might get away with it. But most people measure height from your bare or sock-covered feet. . . And the half-inch difference would be revealed. Frank zane can still be your idol -- but why not simply be yourself? Everybody else is taken already. ...Read more
Big difference: A panic attack is a violent and unreasoning anxiety and fear. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing in your sleep. You may experience daytime sleepiness, memory problems and lack of concentration. Snoring and high blood pressure are frequently associated with sleep apnea. You will frequently wake up at least 3-4 times per night and may experience insomnia. ...Read more
Let the doc know: You always want to let your doctors know if you have sleep apnea. Sedating medications can have an effect on the degree of apnea you have. Also, anesthesia can also be dangerous as well too. I suggest calling your doctor and letting them know, especially if you're not being treated for sleep apnea. ...Read more
FLU-SLEEP APNEA NG: Sleep apnea itself is a disease that can have deadly consequences. So can the flu. Don't self diagnose. Have an MD see you immediately to conclude you have the flu and get it treated. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are not being treated, stop procrastinating. ...Read more
Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my obstructive sleep apnea until I can see a doctor?
Sleep apnea: 10-20 lbs weight loss can significantly reduce the obstruction. You could also quit alcoholic beverages. ...Read more
Is sleep apnea and narcolespy the same and if not what's the difference, a dot doctor told me he thinks I have sleep apnea!
At what point can a sleep apnea patient stop seeing sleep doc? Copays too high, in debt. Machine showing. 4 ahi for 30 days.
My doctor thinks I may have sleep apnea and has referred me to a sleep specialist. What should I expect from this appointment with the sleep dr?
The sleep doctor will take a history from you, complete a physical exam, and then set you up for sleep studies. If you do indeed have Sleep Apnea it will taken care of but it might not be best on the first go.
Sleep apnea is not fun but it is essential for your future.
You should be pleasantly surprised by the result. ...Read more
Had sleep stdy & dr said I woke q 2 min for 6 hrs. Said airway collapsed but didn't call it sleep apnea. Is thre anothr wrd or is this smthng else?
CPAP: As a psychologist, I've heard from patients that there are many cognitive benefits from cpap. Improved memory and attention are just two. Of course, these might improve because the person is not as tired anymore, but I'm willing to bet empirical evidence will show cognitive enhancements. ...Read more
My boyfriend has pretty bad sleep apnea. Short of going to a sleep doctor, what options does he have?
Limited: Weight loss if he is overweight. A 10% reduction in weight leads to a 50% reduction in snoring and improvement in apnea. Breath right strips to improve his nasal airway. Sleeping on his side. Sew a tennis ball into a pocket in the lower back of a tee shirt. Sleeping in it he will not ever sleep in his back again. Avoid alcohol. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea? How can I have my doctor test for it? Please tell me specific symptoms and tests. Thank you very much.
Polysomnogram: This sleep study gives the sleep physician much information. It can be done in a sleep center or with an at home test. It will also be used to make treatment recommendations and judge the effectiveness of treatment. The md will prescribe cpap, but other effective options include mad, mandibular advancement devices, prescribed and fit by a trained dentist. ...Read more
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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