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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Definition)

Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep ...Read more


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Apnea test, never put on CPAP, but as usually couldn't fall sleep even though always tired &eyes closed. Think slept 3-4hrs. Does Mean I MAY have apnea?

Apnea test, never put on CPAP, but as usually couldn't fall sleep even though always tired &eyes closed. Think slept 3-4hrs. Does Mean I MAY have apnea?

Sleep apnea...: Your symptoms suggest that you may have sleep apnea. The only way to know for sure is to get a sleep study done. During a sleep study, you are monitored carefully while you sleep. If you have sleep apnea, either obstructive or central, it will be diagnosed during this single night test. There are many different treatments so see your doc and get the test done so you can get treated if needed! ...Read more

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Doctors, please answer me! If the oximeter says my oxygen is 97, does this mean my brain is getting enough oxygen? Even if im on my cpap 5 cm? I'm 19.

Doctors, please answer me! If the oximeter says my oxygen is 97, does this mean my brain is getting enough oxygen? Even if im on my cpap 5 cm? I'm 19.

Level is fine: Any reading above 94% reflects adequate oxygenation and should bring no worries. Below 94% might indicate some lung or other issue that deserves looking into. ...Read more

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Is 16 hours a day on cpap too much?

Is 16 hours a day on cpap too much?

CPAP: Yes. It sure sounds like it. Are you sleeping that much every day? If so, it may be that you need a follow up appointment with your sleep doctor. ...Read more

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What is the minimum nightly time in terms of hours of CPAP usage to achieve a therapeutic benefit?

What is the minimum nightly time in terms of hours of CPAP usage to achieve a therapeutic benefit?

Depends on how bad: Depends on how bad the sleep apnea is. If the apnea is mild you might have to wear the device all night to see a difference while someone with severe sleep apnea might see some difference with only an hour of real sleep since this would be more than they get in a whole night without cpap. It's best to use all night to avoid desaturations that lead to heart and brain issues of course. ...Read more

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I always wake up dehydrated, but now that I have a CPAP, I wake up dehydrated within 3-4 hours of going to bed. What gives?

Several reasons: There are several reasons this could happen, but with a new start to cpap, would make sure a patient has a humidifier attached to their cpap and also adjust the humidifier settings to assist with this. Other reasons could include diabetes and insufficient fluid intake. A sleep physician or a medical equipment company could help. ...Read more

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Had PSG & woke q 2 min for 8 hrs. Got cpap & now wake 11xs per hour. Is there anythng else tht can b done? I use cpap @ hme but stll tired all day.

Abnormal sleep study: Your diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea with a prescription of CPAP requires vigilant follow up preferably with a sleep specialist. CPAP adjustment may be necessary plus a host of lifestyle measures. Medication could be indicated but only after close followup ...Read more

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CPAP required or recommended with AHI of 5 + 19 "other events" per hour? Getting treatment for TMJ & allergies.

CPAP required or recommended with AHI of 5 + 19 "other events" per hour? Getting treatment for TMJ & allergies.

Treating OSA: I just want to add how important proper treatment is for sleep apnea. Besides interfering with deep restorative sleep, apnea puts increased stress on the vascular system. This can cause/worsen hypertension and increase the risk of vascular events like stroke and heart attack. Please work with your health care provider to treat your apnea. Some people find BiPAP easier to tolerate than CPAP. ...Read more

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Day 3 cpap. Sleep study ahi 59. With resmed auto ahi 4.5 --22 clear airway events. Wore mask 7.2 hours. Implications? How long before I am not tired?

Day 3 cpap. Sleep study ahi 59. With resmed auto ahi 4.5 --22 clear airway events. Wore mask 7.2 hours. Implications? How long before I am not tired?

Under a month.: You certainly need mask with ahi of 59. Most people do not keep the mask on as long so congrats. Sounds like you are dialed in. You should be able to catch up on your sleep and feel better in the next month. Give it time. It takes awhile to work off your sleep debt. ...Read more

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What are the dangers in using a dental device to treat sleep apnea when a cpap is needed I was not allowed to sleep on my side during my sleep study. The results indicate only 3 hours of sleep all night and 0% rem. I feel the results may have been diffe

What are the dangers in using a dental device to treat sleep apnea when a cpap is needed I was not allowed to sleep on my side during my sleep study. The results indicate only 3 hours of sleep all night and 0% rem. I feel the results may have been diffe

Did: Did you have a sleep study with cpap? If so what are the results? What CPAP setting was effective in eliminating your symptoms. Without seeing your sleep study and evaluating your airway it is difficult to determine if a dental appliance will adequately treat the osa. Dental appliances are use to treat obstructions at the level of the tongue. If you have a large apnea-hypopnea index (ahi) and CPAP is indicated then you may not get relief from the dental appliance because the appliance may not correct the problem at the site of your obstruction or the obstruct may be at a level that the appliance cannot affect.

You need to discuss these issues with your sleep specialist, and have an evaluation by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who treats sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Would low O2 saturation levels at night below 90 for 2 to 3 hours with Cpap result from breast cancer radiation? Normal lung function, chest X-ray

Would low O2 saturation levels at night below 90 for 2 to 3 hours with Cpap result from breast cancer radiation? Normal lung function, chest X-ray

Probably not: Radiation damage to the lung can be detected functionally on pulmonary function tests. If your pulmonary function tests are completely normal, it would be unlikely that radiation lung damage was the cause of the fall in 02 saturation. ...Read more

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How does cpap work?

Air pressure: Continuous or Bi Level positive airway pressure pushes air with or without supplemental oxygen as needed past the obstruction in the back of the throat (palate, pharyngeal walls, tonsils if present, base of tongue) into the lungs. This will prevent the pharyngeal collapse, providing more restful sleep and decreased risk of motor vehicle accident, stroke, and heart attack. ...Read more

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If I cannot afford cpap, now what?

CPAP: See if you can get on Medicaid.

Buy a used-reconditioned one. I have one myself I bought as a back up. Will cost at least 1/2 as much.

Advertise for the type you need on Freecycle or in paper.

See what you can find online.
Ask Dr. To have a social service consult to help pay. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a cpap is working?

How can you tell if a cpap is working?

Sound and pressure: The machine should startup, make a small noise, and a patient should feel pressure. Alternatively, your equipment company can test it with a manometer. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of using a cpap?

What are the benefits of using a cpap?

Quality sleep: CPAP improved the quality of sleep in patients with sleep apnea. It imroves alertness during the day and may reduce the risks of cardiac disease. ...Read more

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Do I have to wear my cpap every night?

Yes: The short answer is yes. If you were diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (osa), than you are at risk for the complications that can come with that disease and wearing the c-pap mask and using the machine is important to your well being. Weight loss may help and keeping routine appts to follow your care is important in the monitoring process of osa. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could cpap help you breathe when you're sick?

See below: CPAP is a treatment modality used for sleep apnea. It is important to use CPAP consistently as much as possible. Some patients note that it is easier to breathe on CPAP while having an upper respiratory illness, while others note it to be more difficult. So it depends. ...Read more

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Osas ahi of 62 I have a cpap but camt get used to it. What more can I do?

Osas ahi of 62 I have a cpap but camt get used to it. What more can I do?

FATIGUE WITH OSA: PROVIGIL AND NUVIGIL help with fatigue and brain fog. Also get labs checked especially TFTS. Adderal/Ritalin/Starttera may also be of use. Start a gluten free diet focus on weight loss. Wholeapproach. Com gut loss. Com. If CPAP/BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP vs Hyoid suspension. ...Read more

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How often do I need to have cpap machine calibrated?

As often as needed: The specs of each manufacturer vary; but there is no such a thing as too often if the alternative is to not use it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cpap machine?

CPAP: CPAP = continuous positive airway pressure. This is typically a device that sits at bedside attached to a hose that attaches to some sort of interface (i.e. Mask) to deliver pressre to the airway either through nose or nose and mouth. The main use is for obstructive sleep apnea but it has been used for other conditions such as respiratory failure or congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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Should you use cpap after getting tooth pulled?

Should you use cpap after getting tooth pulled?

C-pap: It shouldn't matter if the bleeding has stopped. The c-pap helps you sleep better and it will help you to heal. ...Read more

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Can non-distilled water be used for a cpap machine?

Can non-distilled water be used for a cpap machine?

Yes but not best: I would recommend distilled only. The machine will last much longer, and it will be healthier for you as well. ...Read more

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How can I overcome the stigma of using a cpap machine?

How can I overcome the stigma of using a cpap machine?

CPAP alternatives: The CPAP machine and the many variations of CPAP are the "gold standard" of care for sleep apnea. But many people can't tolerate the machines for a variety of reasons including comfort, claustrophobia, etc. I get a lot of referrals from sleep specialists in the quad cities to make these patients oral mouthpieces, designed to bring the mandible forward and hold it there which opens up the airway. ...Read more

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What is sleep diagnostics and cpap titration to stop snoring?

What is sleep diagnostics and cpap titration to stop snoring?

For Sleep Apnea: A diagnostic sleep study is data that is painlessly collected by sensors while you are sleeping. This is typically done at a sleep center, and evaluated by an md who is a sleep specialist. Sometimes this data indicates that you stop breathing at night. This is called sleep apnea and the treatment is a CPAP device that helps you breath. Titration, is just the adjustment of this device for you. ...Read more

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Can an oral surgeon prescribe a cpap?

Can an oral surgeon prescribe a cpap?

Depends: Depends on state licensure. Also probably credentials. Some oral surgeons are both physicians and dentists. Other oral surgeons have only a dental degree. ...Read more

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Can cpap cause a lot of gass in your stomach.?

Can cpap cause a lot of gass in your stomach.?

Yes: If the pressure is too high or machine or mask is not adjusted properly. You can also get, ahem, gas. ...Read more

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Can using a cpap for sleep apnea really be worthwhile?

Cpap: If CPAP is properly used and if you have osa then results are remarkable. I myself has been using CPAP for many years. My quality of life has improved so much. ...Read more