Ask Dr. Park Anything About Obstructive Sleep Apnea (12/13/11)

In this Ask Dr. Park Teleseminar, I answer the following questions:

• Do people with sleep apnea really die 20 years earlier?

• How effective is home sleep testing? Is it covered by insurance?

• How does sleep apnea lead to serious conditions like heart disease?

• Would fixing a deviated septum help with sleep apnea?

• Tell me more about Provent therapy for sleep apnea.

• If one is successful with CPAP, is surgery an option?

• How successful is the Pillar Implant for sleep apnea?

• What ‘s the difference between hypoglossal nerve stimulation therapy vs. a tongue stabilizer device such as the AveoTSD?

• Are you aware of data in the US regarding OSA and traffic accidents?

• What are the risks to patients whose doctors have untreated OSA?

• What’s the difference between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea?

• Are surgical procedures for UARS covered by insurance?

• Why don’t sleep labs recommend oral appliances as an option?

And much more….


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4 thoughts on “Ask Dr. Park Anything About Obstructive Sleep Apnea (12/13/11)

  1. Dr. Park,
    I wake up roughly every 90 minutes throughout the night. The arousals can vary anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours. Never more than 2 hours. This happens even after taking sleep aids like Ambien or Trazodone. I don’t wake up with a jerk but more like the arousals that you mentioned so I don’t have the classic OSA. My spouse has never noticed snoring or gasping for breath, etc. I have tried CPAP with no success. You have mentioned the brain not signaling one to breathe during or after REM. I live in Virginia but could come to you for an appointment if you think that would help. I am age 76, thin, get plenty of exercise,and don’t nap during the day.
    Thank you.
    Terry Anderson