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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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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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What are treatments for obstructive sleep apnea?

What are treatments for obstructive sleep apnea?

Apnea treatments: Treatment choices include; weight loss, change in sleep position, surgery, positive pressure (cpap) and oral appliances. ...Read more

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Is "Provent Therapy" from sleep apnea as effective as a CPAP or at least 50% effective, compared to CPAP?

Is "Provent Therapy" from sleep apnea as effective as a CPAP or at least 50% effective, compared to CPAP?

Provent therapy: Cpap is the gold standard and the most effective. Pro ent can help in mild apnea but really is not that effective for moderate to severe apnea. Maybe you should contact an ent who does sleep apnea surgery if you are not tolerating cpap. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Am sure I don't have sleep apnea. Am not overweight. Father. Mother. Brother also snore.. I have large tonsils could it be the reason. Treatments?

Am sure I don't have sleep apnea. Am not overweight. Father. Mother. Brother also snore.. I have large tonsils could it be the reason. Treatments?

Need to be tested: Without a study, you can't know. Tonsils can obstruct airflow, and if blocked long enough, that is the definition of obstructive sleep apnea. Tonsil removal may be all you need, but you need an exam. Tonsils may only be part of the problem. Often it is not enough. Apnea is common in skinny people. ...Read more

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Are alternative treatments to mild obstructive sleep apnea (AHI of 8/H) other than CPAP/BiPAP! Are there any side effects that will arise from them?

Are alternative treatments to mild obstructive sleep apnea (AHI of 8/H) other than CPAP/BiPAP! Are there any side effects that will arise from them?

Weight management: Depending on a patients weight, getting closer a BMI under 25 may be more successful in the long term for OSA and a variety of other health issues. ...Read more

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Child with sleep apnea that does not stop breathing or snore and can not use cpap! Alternative treatments?

Child with sleep apnea that does not stop breathing or snore and can not use cpap! Alternative treatments?

Doesn't make sense: By definition, during sleep apnea you stop breathing. We all cycle during breathing, meaning there is a brief period when there is no in/out going on. To have sleep apnea the period of no in/out is extended & blood oxygen level may drop significantly. This is at least a confusion of diagnosis or labeling. A true sleep study with proper video & oxygen assessment could sort this out. ...Read more

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Dad has severe sleep apnea. Refuses to wear CPAP. Snores loudly and profusely. Any other treatments or suggestion?

Dad has severe sleep apnea. Refuses to wear CPAP. Snores loudly and profusely. Any other treatments or suggestion?

Help him to undergo: His prescribed right treatment for his long term wellbeing and no short cuts. If he has weight problem (most likely overweight) make him to loose weight. Don't look for shortcuts as there are none, make sure he keeps his doctor's appointments. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Here we go?: No, not related. Treatment is with a c-pap machine are others as you listed. Care is directed by someone trained in sleep disorders. You can have COPD and other lung diseases but not related to sleep apnea. Together, they are difficult. ...Read more

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What can I expect after getting oral appliance therapy for apnea? I'm schedule to go in and talk to my dentist about an oral appliance for sleep apnea, but i'd like a little heads up about what to expect afterwards before I go. Will an oral appliance chan

What can I expect after getting oral appliance therapy for apnea? I'm schedule to go in and talk to my dentist about an oral appliance for sleep apnea, but i'd like a little heads up about what to expect afterwards before I go. Will an oral appliance chan

Depends: There are a number of things that can happen as far as side effect like mild pain, teeth not fitting together in the morning, and possible tooth movement. Follow up care is key to improving the success rate. Not all patients find success. Seeing a dentist with significant experience and education treating this life threatening condition can help with side effects and improve success. ...Read more

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Can you tell me treatments for restless legs syndrome, insomnia and sleep apnea?

Can you tell me treatments for restless legs syndrome, insomnia and sleep apnea?

CPAP: CPAP will help with sleep apnea. That will usually help with restless legs too. If not, there are pills for that. If insomnia persists, check with an insomnia clinic for a detailed therapy plan. ...Read more

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I haven't been diagnosed with sleep apnea but pretty sure I have it. I am suppose to have gallbladder surgery wed. Should I get study done first?

I haven't been diagnosed with sleep apnea but pretty sure I have it. I am suppose to have gallbladder surgery wed. Should I get study done first?

No: Let your anesthesiologist know. If it is surgery center inquire about policies there. If it is a hospital your surgeon can help arrange preliminary evaluation while you are there. If your procedure is not urgent, discuss with your surgeon what he thinks the best cause of action. Obstructive sa is not contraindication for surgery. ...Read more

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During my sleep, I felt like I couldn't breathe, I felt like I was halfway between my dream and waking up. Is this sleep apnea, and how do I cure it?

During my sleep, I felt like I couldn't breathe, I felt like I was halfway between my dream and waking up. Is this sleep apnea, and how do I cure it?

Maybe: You should see your physician or a sleep specialist for an evaluation. Sleep apnea treatment depends upon the severity of the sleep apnea. It can cause death and you should not be treated on your own. ...Read more

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Cure of sleep apnea?

Cure of sleep apnea?

No cure: There is high failure rate of surgical procedures for sleep apnea. Best treatment is the CPAP mask adjusted to the right pressure. There are some that automatically adjust themselves for the best pressure. Need to get the most comfortable mask & less noisy machine. Complications of surgery include airway obstruction, bleeding, hematoma, infection, pain, death, dysphagia, velopharyngeal etc... ...Read more

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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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Is there a natural cure for sleep apnea?

No: There is no natural cure for sleep apnea. It is a serious health problem. In some individuals, a large weight loss may stop symptoms. For many people an oral appliance can be a better option than a CPAP machine. ...Read more

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Does the surgery of the jawbone cure the sleep apnea?

Does the surgery of the jawbone cure the sleep apnea?

It can: It can if the area of the obstruction is opened with the corrective surgery. Jaw advancement surgery has the highest success rate of any OSA surgery. ...Read more

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How effectively does a tonsillectomy cure sleep apnea?

Depends: Often the narrowing of the airway is behind the tonsils (more the base of your tongue against the back of your throat) so depending where the problem is from can help determine if the tonsillectomy will help. ...Read more

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I am a 22 year old suffering from sleep apnea. Is there a cure for me?

Yes: There are a number of treatment options available from changing your sleep position, cpap, a mandibular advancement appliance, and surgeries. It would be best to discuss your options with your physician. The best option will depend upon the severity of sleep apnea and some personal choices. ...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. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

A condition in which you stop breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more