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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

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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Is sleep apnea common?

Is sleep apnea common?

Yes: It has been published that it affects 4% of men and 2% of women, but personally, I think it is much higher. Unfortunately, it has been given lower priority than other medical conditions. That is now changing as we are discovering that is is associated with considerable medical and psychiatric morbidity and even mortality. ...Read more

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Symptoms if sleep apnea?

Symptoms if sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Fatigue, snoring, daytime sleepiness, stop breathing for a few seconds while sleeping- are a few symptoms of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea, is frequently associated with increase level of hemoglobin and htn. Sleep study is indicated. CPAP will be the treatment of sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea reversible?

Is sleep apnea reversible?

Yes: Sleep apnea can have a number of causes, from being overweight to septal deviations. It is best to be evaluated and see what your issues are. ...Read more

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What is organic sleep apnea?

Just another term: For sleep apnea. There are several types: obstructive, where the air is blocked from getting to your lungs by collapse of your upper airways during sleep, and central sleep apnea where your brain does not send the signals to your lungs to breathe, and the third type which is a mixture of the two. I cannot think of a sleep apnea that would not be organic, because there is no psychogenic sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What's done for sleep apnea?

What's done for sleep apnea?

R/O OSA: OSA can be suggested by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL. ...Read more

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What is done for sleep apnea?

What is done for sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Options for treatment include CPAP. For patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea oral appliances can be used and are as effective as CPAP. Other options are surgery, weight loss, ...Read more

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How can sleep apnea be cured?

Apnea: Treating the cause, whether obstructive or central apnea. Consult a neurologist. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sleep apnea?

What is the cause of sleep apnea?

Several: Being over weight is probably the biggest risk factor. A loss of muscle tone in neck muscles as we get older. Heredity undoubtedly plays a role. Having a large tongue. Other contributing factors are an underdeveloped lower jaw, a narrow upper jaw and a high palate. These all tend to block the airway and lead to obstructive sleep apnea.
In central sleep apnea the brain doesn't say to breath. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of sleep apnea?

What are symptoms of sleep apnea?

Snoring: The symptoms are daytime fatigue, snoring, frequent waking, frequency of night time urination, but tiredness during the day very hard to deal with. Get diagnosed by sleep study and treated. Apnea carries risk of heart attack, stroke and other nasty things. Your family doctor can arrange the study and most insurances cover it. You will feel so much better after a good nights sleep. ...Read more

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What causes you to get sleep apnea?

What causes you to get sleep apnea?

Not just weight: Anatomy is king. Obstructive sleep apnea happens in a small airway "box". The airway can be small if what's in it takes up space or if the box is smaller. Weight gain increases tongue size and the thickness of the side walls of the throat. Tonsils may be large. Small jaw size, often inherited, will increase the risk of osa. Low muscle tone is also a factor. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea considered a disease?

Is sleep apnea considered a disease?

R/O OSA: YES IT IS: OSA DX by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to use. ENT CONSULT FOR UPP EVAL. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have sleep apnea?

How to determine if I have sleep apnea?

NPSG: An npsg is a formal overnight sleep study. You would be monitored for breathing, muscle activity, heart rate, oxygen level and brainwave activity. Typically an ahi (apnea hypopnea index) is calculated to determine if you are positive. A minimum of an ahi = 5 is needed to be positive. An ahi of 5-14 is mild, 15-29 is moderate and >30 is severe. ...Read more

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What are signs of sleep apnea in children?

What are signs of sleep apnea in children?

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea in children is a pause in breathing while asleep. Many children who have sleep apnea will snore too. Babies with sleep apnea don't usually snore but may have other developmental problems or may have an illness (like whooping cough or respiratory syncytial virus -rsv) that causes them to become stop breathing. A pause of 20seconds or more is too much - talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea considered to be a disability?

Is sleep apnea considered to be a disability?

No: Sleep apnea is a treatable disease. Weight loss is the cornerstone of treatment in pt's with a BMI above 30. CPAP is the first line therapy and there are surgical options as well as mandibular advancement devices that can be used. Sleep apnea is a treatable condition. ...Read more

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Which is the optimum solution for sleep apnea?

Which is the optimum solution for sleep apnea?

Severity: Depends on whether central or obstructive
how severe it is CPAP machine or oral appliance or combination, surgery
there are a lot of options. ...Read more

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What is meant by sleep apnea? And the symptoms?

Reduced breathing: Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing while you are asleep. This results in waking up at night many times over and/or having reduced blood oxygen levels. The primary symptom is sleepiness called "excessive daytime somnolence." you can take a simple questionairre here: http://www. Umm. Edu/sleep/epworth_sleep. Htm
if you believe that you have sleep apnea, see a sleep specialist right away. ...Read more

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What are the factors that contribute to sleep apnea?

Obesity #1: The risk of osa rises with increasing body weight (obesity), active smoking and age. Individuals with low muscle tone and soft tissue around the airway (e.g., because of obesity) and structural features that give rise to a narrowed airway are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea. In addition, patients with diabetes or "borderline" diabetes have up to three times the risk of having osa. ...Read more

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How to know if I have sleep apnea or something else?

How to know if I have sleep apnea or something else?

Sleep apnea: Hello. You will need to have a sleep study or polysomnogram for confirmation. Your doctor can order this study. A home study is easy and accurate. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I could have sleep apnea, why don't I sleep in the day either?

Depends on severity: Your degree of sleep apnea as well as the quantity of sleep you get determines how tired you are during the day. Some people have overwhelming fatigue that leads them to nap during the day, others do not. The first step is to get an overnight sleep study done to determine if you have sleep apnea or not. ...Read more

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What is obstructed sleep apnea?

What is obstructed sleep apnea?

OSA: It is caused by obstruction of the upper airway either from excessive tissue, inflammation or closure of the trachea while sleeping. It is characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation. There are varying degrees of severity and is diagnosed with an overnight sleep study. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have insomia and sleep apnea?

Yes: You can have sleep apnea and insomnia. Often complaints of insomnia are the initial clue to the presence of sleep apnea. It's frequent that when the apnea is treated, the insomnia resolves. Sleep hygiene is an important component of treating both disorders. ...Read more

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Can using a cpap for sleep apnea really be worthwhile?

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

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I have sleep apnea and was prescribed a cpap. It's at a level 9cm, is that high? I'm 31...

I have sleep apnea and was prescribed a cpap. It's at a level 9cm, is that high? I'm 31...

Depends: The level of CPAP is determined as that which will almost eliminate the manifestation of sleep apnea during sleep study. It is different for every person. If I have 9 cm h2o pressure blowing on me that would be very uncomfortable but some need 15, 18, or even 20 cm h2o pressure. The pressure given is what is necessary for you. ...Read more

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What are sleep apnea doctors called?

MDs: Several specialist take care of sleep apnea 1) pulmonary specialists 2) ear, nose, and throat specialist 3) neurologists and several others. ...Read more

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What is the scarring from a septoplasty that causes sleep apnea?

What is the scarring from a septoplasty that causes sleep apnea?

Doesn't make sense: Septoplasty does not usually cause sleep apnea which is a very comes disease that may either be central from brain) or obstructive from mechanical airway instruction usually in throat or pharynx. If your septum is sufficiently blocked to force mouth breathing, this can make a subtle sleep apnea more noticeable. ...Read more

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Can paranoia cause sleep apnea.

Can paranoia cause sleep apnea.

Not a cause: Paranoia does not cause sleep apnea. Medicines that are used to control paranoia may cause or aggravate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is associated with hypertension, obesity, upper airway narrowing and pulmonary hypertension and is a very common problem. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause achalasia?

Can sleep apnea cause achalasia?

R/O OSA: WHATEVER POSITION IS MORE COMFORTABLE. OSA can be suggested with underling obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL. VS HYOID SUSPENSION. NO CORELATION WITH ACHALASIAIA ...Read more

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Can benzodiazepines cause sleep apnea?

Can benzodiazepines cause sleep apnea?

R/O OSA: NO THEY MAY WORSEN IT: OSA can be suggested with underling obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL. VS HYOID SUSPENSION. ...Read more

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Can a deviated septum cause sleep apnea?

Can a deviated septum cause sleep apnea?

No: In sleep apnea, the obstruction blocking airflow is further down the throat. ...Read more

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Can a dental appliance help sleep apnea?

Can a dental appliance help sleep apnea?

Absolutely!: 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 can cause paranoia and sleep apnea.

Depends: Go to a doctor. The doctor can take the history and examine the patient. The doctor can take blood and urine and perform tests to determine if any disease states are causing these symptoms. It can be complicated. Is the patient suffering from Post traumatic stress disorder or is the patient taking drugs? . Is the patient suffering from a mental health disorder and the meds changing sleep? ...Read more

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What is sleep apnea? Can it cause fatigue

What is sleep apnea? Can it cause fatigue

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea is defined as stopping breathing for 10 seconds or more. It can develop for many reasons: allergies, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, deviated septum, being over weight, sleeping on one's back, orthodontic treatment that includes extraction of teeth causes crowding of the arches and tongue, alcohol, medications are just some of the factors that can play a role in developing sleep apnea. ...Read more

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How are fatty liver and Sleep Apnea related?

How are fatty liver and Sleep Apnea related?

Apnea & Liver: Sleep Apnea can exacerbate fatty liver. It is believed that the loss of oxygen in apnea exacerbates inflammation of liver, especially severe apnea cases. ...Read more

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What type doctor specializes in sleep apnea?

What type doctor specializes in sleep apnea?

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

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How can I sleep well and prevent sleep apnea?

How can I sleep well and prevent sleep apnea?

Prevent OSA: Genetics, age and weight gain are huge factors that may or may not be in your control. Generally avoiding sedatives prior to sleep, significant weight gain, smoking and other lifestyle factors can help. ...Read more

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Will getting tonsils removed cure sleep apnea?

Will getting tonsils removed cure sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Having tonsils and adenoids removed can help to increase the airways, allowing more oxygen to get into the bloodstream, thereby decreasing the severity of the sleep apnea.
Check with an ENT to be sure that there aren't any other obstructions (deviated septum for one). ...Read more

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