Is surgery the only option for treating sleep apnea or snoring
I do predominantly the line share of sleep apnea surgery in our department. I collaborate closely with the pulmonologists, who are the sleep medicine s. Those are the s that help diagnose and treat sleep apnea, as well. If those patients fail their, their medical or their conservative therapy, that's typically when they get sent to see me for surgical considerations to, to look at potential cures for their apnea. It's not uncommon for me to see a lot of patients for, who come in for snoring complaints and, you know, are wondering whether or not they have sleep apnea. So sleep apnea is condition where you actually stop breathing at night.
Snoring is somewhere on that spectrum, towards the more mild, you know, milder end of that spectrum. But, you know, really the only way to determine if you have sleep apnea, the gold standard of testing, is really getting a sleep study. And that's an overnight, monitored study where patients, you know, sleep in a room that's similar to a hotel room but they're being monitored and they're hooked up, you know, for sound so to speak with different monitors and cables on them. And that's really our best test to diagnose sleep apnea. The treatment for sleep apnea is typically a nonsurgical therapy; something called CPAP,
which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. And it's the patients that don't tolerate their CPAP who end up seeing me for surgical considerations. And there's a number of reasons why patients may not tolerate their CPAP. But there are some surgeries that can be helpful in patients who are not tolerant of their medical therapy. And I offer a variety of surgeries including nasal surgery, a variety of palatal surgeries for the kind of tonsil and soft pallet region and then also a variety of tonguebased procedures, as well. But we typically see a patient back after their procedure in about three weeks to recheck everything, make sure that they're healing okay.
After that, I normally recheck a sleep study in about three months after their surgery, just to give everything a chance to heal and to scar. And we, you know, make further recommendations based on the result of their followup sleep study after their surgery. We're exploring the, a new technology now which is actually a nerve stimulator for sleep apnea. It's an implantable device, very similar to a pacemaker that goes into the patient's chest. And there's an electrode that will actually stimulate the nerve that goes to the tongue to provide the tongue with a little bit of more tone when they're sleeping at night, and thereby eliminating their sleep apnea.
How Does Alcohol Affect Sleep Patterns Sleep Apnea Thousand Oaks Malibu Westlake Village
Alcohol acts like a sedative. It will make you sleepy and youwill fall asleep more quickly. You'll have a deeper sleep duringthe first part of the night. However as the alcohol ismetabolized and leaves your body during the second half of the nightyou will experience more sleep disruption and a poorer quality of sleep. You may also suffer from REM sleep rebound which results in increased dreamingand possibly nightmares.
As a result, you will awaken feelingfatigued and dissatisfied with your sleep. Hello, I'm Ronald Popper. Thank you for watching. If you or a loved one needs moreinformation on sleep disorders please visit our web site at sleepmd4u where you'll find more tutorials in this series as well as our white paper on obstructive sleep apnea that is free for you to download.
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The Causes and Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
hi everyone thanks for tuning into eZeliving you know in a previous webisode we did a story about snoring and how it can lead to sleep apnea and it got me thinking well maybe just maybe I have sleep apnea because i'm experiencing the symptomsshortness of breath,800:00:28,460 gt; 00:00:31,109snoring.and when i wake up i feel really really tired
and you know what, they got me thinking maybe i should investigate and do someresearch on this subject matter to find out what sleep apnea is so let's take this journey togetherand hit the internet so here we are I'm gonna head to the computer lounge and do some research well this is interesting
sleep apnea if undetected could lead toa heart attack heart failure stroke even type2 diabetes so here's a piece of information that ithink is important for you to you know did you know that 4% of the world'spopulation is affected by sleep apneaé and we all know that car accidents is oneof the leading cause of death worldwide of which, 1520%are sleep related
it's shocking! so i've had a chance to go through theresearch on the web we've taken a look at WebMD and some slideshows that talks about and describes whatsleep apnea is all about but I found this really really nice tutorial on the web that i think it's important to share with you
when most people are asleep air flows freely through the upper airways into the lungs giving a stable level of oxygen in the blood stream in individuals with obstructive sleep apnea(OSA)the tongue and soft tissue in the airway relax during sleep as the tongue and tissue partiallyobstruct the upper airway it causes loud snoring. when the tongue and tissuetotally obstruct the airway it causes an apnea and breathing stops. the chestcontinues to move as the person tries to breath. but the blockage prevents freshair from reaching the lungs
the oxygen content in the blood goesdown and apnea may last anywhere 10 to 60seconds before the brain recognizes that there's a problem the brain briefly arouses the body fromsleep just enough to open the airway the person with OSA can observesnorting, gasping and choking for breath as the airway opens an air flows backinto the lungs woow, the information is overwhelming and it's safe to say that i do havesleep apnea