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How much does it cost for a Oral Mandibular Advancement Device for sleep apnea?


I have tried a cpap for sleep apnea and I just cant get used to it. I have made an appointment with a dentist for the oral device. Has anyone gotten? How much does it cost?
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More than you can imagine.  (+ info)

Is there an alternative sleep apnea diagnosis method other than an overnight sleep study?


I believe I have sleep apnea, but because I am currently in a residential treatment program, I am unable to go to an overnight sleep study.
Is there an alternative method with which I can be tested for sleep apnea?
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Not one that would be recognized by an insurance company.

Have a friend watch you sleep. If you repeatedly stop breathing for 15-20 or more seconds, then you probably do have sleep apnea. More prevalent with snorers.  (+ info)

Is it possible that sleep apnea may contribute to night leg cramps?


70 year old, male with night cramps approximately 5 hours after falling asleep. He appears to have sleep apnea that is untreated at this time. Takes Prednisone, blood pressure medicine and Crestor. Could the sleep apnea contribute to the leg cramps?
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What is sleep apnea and how is it diagnosed in children?


My daughter wakes up every morning at 4am she is 1 and a half someone has suggested to me that it could be sleep apnea. What are the symptoms of this and what is it? Thanks
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Sleep apnea is any period of time where ther is no breathing while asleep. Usuly the time period is a minimum 10 seconds.

The most common kind of sleep apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. It is characterized by repetitive episodes of upper airway obstruction that occur during sleep, usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation.

symptoms:
excessive daytime sleepiness
frequent episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep. (The patient may be unaware of this symptom -- usually the parents are extremely aware of this).

Associated features may include:
snoring - loud, squeaky, raspy
nocturnal snorting, gasping, choking (may wake self up)
restless sleep
heavy irregular breathing
excessive perspiring during sleep
severe bedwetting
bad dreams (nightmares)
night terrors
sleeps with mouth open, causing a dry mouth upon awakening
chest retraction during sleep in young children (chest pulls in)
sleeps in strange positions
confusion upon awakening
morning headaches
unrefreshing sleep
excessive daytime sleepiness
may develop high blood pressure
may be overweight or underweight
learning problems
excessive irritability
change in personality
depression
difficulty concentrating
Developmental problems
failure to thrive or grow
frequent upper respiratory infections
hyperactive behavior

How serious is sleep apnea?
It is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. The risks of undiagnosed obstructive in children with sleep apnea include learning problems, developmental problems, behavior problems and in some cases, failure to grow, heart problems and high blood pressure. In addition, obstructive sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness that can result in personality changes, lost productivity in school and interpersonal relationship problems. A child with sleep apnea may lag behind in many areas of development. The child may become frustrated and depressed. The severity of the symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe.

How does the doctor determine if my child has Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

A sleep test, called polysomnography is usually done to diagnose sleep apnea. There are two kinds of polysomnograms. An overnight polysomnography test involves monitoring brain waves, muscle tension, eye movement, respiration, oxygen level in the blood and audio monitoring. (for snoring, gasping, etc.) The second kind of polysomnography test is a home monitoring test. A Sleep Technologist hooks your child up to all the electrodes and instructs you on how to record your child's sleep with a computerized polysomnograph that you take home and return in the morning. They are painless tests that are usually covered by insurance.

How is Sleep Apnea treated?

In children, simply removing the tonsils or adenoids may take care of the problem.

Sleep Apnea in children where removing the tonsils or adenoids does not take care of the problem is usually treated with a C-PAP (continous positive airway pressure) or Bi-Level positive airway pressure. C-PAP is a machine that blows air into your nose via a nose mask, keeping the airway open and unobstructed. Bi-Level has an inspiratory pressure that is higher than the expiratory pressure. The sleep doctor will "prescribe" the pressure and a home healthcare company will set it up and provide training in its use and maintenance.

When your child needs a machine, it can be quite intimidating. A C-PAP machine requires some care and a period of adjustment, but the benefits of C-PAP therapy are worth the inconvenience. C-PAP is NOT a venilator, it merely keeps the airway open so your child can breathe easily. It is not a complicated machine like some mentioned in the above link to kidshealth organization, nor do you have to worry about 24-hour nursing care or your child being in intensive care unless there are more complicated problems. A one night stay in a sleep clinic to monitor the child's breathing is generally all that is required. Here are some tips if your child comes home on a machine. A C-PAP machine may be "prescribed" for your child. A home healthcare company that contracts with your insurance will provide the machine and show you how it works and how to clean and maintain it.

Find out about the different manufacturers who provide respiratory equipment for obstructive sleep apnea.

Some children have facial deformities that may cause the sleep apnea. It simply may be that their jaw is smaller than it should be or they could have a smaller opening at the back of the throat. Some children have enlarged tonsils, a large tongue or some other tissues partially blocking the airway. Fixing a deviated septum may help to open the nasal passages. Removing the tonsils and adenoids or polyps may help also. Children are much more likely to have their tonsils and adenoids removed to solve the problem.

The only available treatment for severe apnea until the early 1980's was a tracheostomy. A tracheostomy is a surgical procedure where a small hole is cut in the neck and a tube with a valve is inserted into the hole. During the day the valve is closed so the person can speak. At night, the valve is opened, thus avoiding the obstructions. This procedure is only used today as a last resort or to avoid respiratory distress, or other serious medical complications (Your child would have to be extremely sick to require this).  (+ info)

Is my sleep apnea the reason that my husband and I cannot conceive?


We have tried for two years now, and still nothing. My period has been non-existent for about a year now. We are not using any birth control (obviously). My doctor says it's just because of my sleep apnea. I already have a son from a previous relationship. Any suggestions?
I have a CPAP machine and have had it for about a month now.
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FIRST OF ALL I AM NOT AN EXPERT ON FEMALE PROBLEMS, BUT SLEEP APNEA CAUSES MANY THINGS UP TO AND INCLUDING DEATH! SLEEP APNEA DISTURBS YOU WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING, IN THAT YOU CANNOT GET WHAT IS CALLED "REM" OR TRUE SLEEP. IT IS WHERE THE BRAIN REALLY "UNWINDS", WITHOUT "REM" SLEEP ONE DOES NOT FEEL AT EASE! THINGS DO NOT FUNCTION ALL OVER THE BODY AS WELL, YOU SIMPLY ARE SLEEP DEPRIVED NO MATTER HOW MANY HOURS OF ACTUAL "SLEEP" YOU PUT IN!

I ASSUME THAT YOU HAVE GONE TO A SLEEP CLINIC FOR THIS DIAGNOSIS? IF NOT YOU SHOULD GO FOR A TWO NIGHT STUDY, USUALLY SPACED SEVERAL WEEKS APART, TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT SPECIFICALLY IS DISTURBING YOUR SLEEP. MANY TIMES THERE ARE THINGS SUCH AS A TWITCHY LEG, WHICH CAN BE CURED WITH ONE PILL BEFORE BED, WHICH CAN ALSO DISTURB THIS "REM" SLEEP STATE.

YOUR BODY SIMPLY CANNOT FUNCTION WITHOUT THIS DEEP STATE OF SLEEP, OVER ANY LONG PERIOD OF TIME WITHOUT SOME FORM OF NEGATIVE REACTION! YOUR BRAIN CONTROLS EVERYTHING, IF IT IS NOT WORKING RIGHT THEN ESSENTIALLY "YOU" ARE NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY!

SLEEP APNEA IS EASILY TREATED USING A DEVICE CALLED A CPAP! ALL IT DOES IS KEEP YOUR AIRWAYS OPEN WITH A SLIGHT POSITIVE AIR PRESSURE WHICH WAS DETERMINED AS IDEAL BY THE SLEEP LAB SESSION. IT TAKES TWO TO THREE WEEKS TO GET USED TO IT! BUT IT IS NOT AN OPTIONAL DEVICE. IT IS A PRESCRIBED MEDICAL THING, EXACTLY LIKE A MEDICATION, A PILL OR A SHOT FOR AN INFECTION ! YOU MUST USE IT IT WILL SAVE AND EXTEND YOUR LIFE!

I PROMISE YOU THAT ONCE YOU GET USE TO IT YOU WILL FEEL MUCH BETTER!

I AM A VERY HARD HEADED STUBBORN 61 YEAR OLD FOOL, I LIVED IN DENIAL THAT I HAD ANY PROBLEM AT ALL. MY WIFE WHO LOVES ME FORCED ME, I RESISTING THE WHOLE WAY, TO GO TO THE SLEEP CLINIC. I INITIALLY HATED THE "D#@N CPAM MACHINE". MY WIFE MADE ME USE IT AGAIN BECAUSE SHE WANTED ME TO CONTINUE TO LIVE! GUESS WHAT? SHORTLY I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE DARN THING AND NOW AFTER NEARLY TWO YEARS I STILL LOVE THE THING! I FEEL 20 YEARS YOUNGER AND LOST WEIGHT, THE THING WORKS!

TRY TREATMENT FOR SLEEP APNEA IT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE MUCH BETTER I SWEAR THAT TO YOU! EVERYTHING ELSE SHOULD WORK OUT!

PLEASE DO IT!

GOOD LUCK,

APS  (+ info)

Is it safe to take Imovane with sleep apnea?


I just read that you shouldn't take Imovane if you have sleep apnea. My doctor prescribed it for me, forgetting that I have sleep apnea. Has anyone with sleep apnea taken Imovane? Is it safe as long as I am using my CPAP?
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If you are treating your sleep apnea with Cpap you should be O.k. I believe the reason they do not recommend it, is because hypnotic drugs actually lengthen apneas in untreated individuals. Same goes for Ambien and so on... still if you are not sure you should ask your physician or pharmacist. Good luck.  (+ info)

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


I had septoplasty they think I have scarring that is now causing sleep apnea how is that possible my roof of my mouth vibrates and my snoring increased after the septoplasty. What happened? He is doing a sleep study but cant you tell some other way?
Is this a sign of a bad surgeon? Move septum vibrates too and the roof of mouth only when I sleep? Im not fat it was the surgery
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Sleep apnea is an obstruction somewhere in the airway. It can be caused by a number of things. Scar tissue is very likely cause. Sleep apnea surgery does not work for many people because the scarring is actually worse than the original problem

My question to you is did you snore before your nose job. If so you probably had OSA previously. Many people do.

Sleep apnea is found in people of all sizes and shapes. Kids get SA as well.

When you have the sleep study, you can ask many questions to the sleep techs and the doctor at the follow up.

Best wishes  (+ info)

what is the mortality rate for patients with severe sleep apnea?


___ out of ____ people die from severe sleep apnea. (or any other statistics about mortality rate)

what is the life expectancy with proper treatment?
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There is a lot of undiagnosed sleep apnea out there so your first question is difficult to answer. People who fall asleep at the wheel because of sleep apnea and die in a crash would be in a different statistics. People who die of heart disease because of damage from high bp caused by sleep apnea fall in a different category.

You second question is also difficult to answer. It depends on when the person was diagnosed and what is their co morbidity's. Does treatment save lives, I would say definitely. It saved mine. I was diagnosed in my 30s and am 100 percent compliant.  (+ info)

What are some ways for me to get rid of sleep apnea?


I've been told I need to wear a little mask attached to a small machine for my sleep disorder. What are some ways to get rid of sleep apnea? I know one way is to lose weight. My goal is to lose at least 20 pounds.
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Why does sleep deprivation make the symptoms of sleep apnea worse?


I recently did a sleep study and found that I have obstructive sleep apnea and it causes me to wake up during the night - often many times. I go through cycles where the problem gets much worse, one night of poor sleep leads to another worse night of interupted sleep, and so on - sometimes for a month or even more. I have heard that sleep deprivation makes the symptoms of sleep apnea much worse, and as I am searching for the right treatments, I was just interested in finding out why - what is the mechanism that causes this? Very strenuous exercise during the day or early evening can have the same effect. Thank you for any insights.
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Actually, sleep apnea is a condition where you actually stop breathing during sleep. For most people, this causes them to wake up quickly; for others, it's a life-threatening situation (especially for babies and small children). I imagine if you're not getting much rest, when you do finally get to sleep your body is so tired it's hard for your body to wake up when you stop breathing. Also, even though your body eventually trains itself to sleep lightly in order potentially avoid apnea, when YOU finally get some sleep your body falls into a deeper sleep. This makes it harder for your body to avoid apnea. I would advise you to get plenty of rest whenever possible. I believe you should obtain a sleep apnea monitor from your physician. This will sound an alarm to wake you up when you stop breathing, or if your oxygen saturation level drops below a certain percentage. This may alleviate some of your anxiety and help you sleep better at night. Just a thought. Good luck.  (+ info)

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