Ask Dr. Park: Anything About Obstructive Sleep Apnea (6/14/11)

This month, I answer the following questions (6/14/11):

 

– Are there travel-sized CPAP machines available?

– What are the surgical options for sleep apnea and what are their success rates?

– What are the benefits of acupuncture for sleep apnea?

– Is it customary for surgeons to perform turbinate surgery along with septum surgery?

– Are there places to check out all the different CPAP masks and machine and read user reviews?

– If someone can’t breathe through their nose, is it dangerous to use a nasal mask and chin straps?

– How commonly is tracheotomy used to treat sleep apnea after exhausting all other options?

– Are there any new developments in sleep apnea treatment that will be available within the next 5 years?

– What can be done about bloating with CPAP use?

– Do over-the-counter boil-and-bite devices for snoring and sleep apnea work?

– Can you design a bed or a pillow to sleep with your face down to prevent your tongue from falling back? Does sleep apnea disappear for astronauts since there’s no gravity?

– And many more questions from the live audience.


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