Ask Dr. Park: State of the Art on Obstructive Sleep Apnea [podcast+video]

In this episode of Ask Dr. Park, Dr. Park gives a 30-minute presentation on the state of the art on obstructive sleep apnea, after which he takes live questions. Questions answered include:

  • Do you see the Homeobloc as an effective treatment for OSA/UARS?
  • What are the clinical guidelines for pediatric sleep disorders?
  • Is it normal to get congested when lying down at night?
  • What about MSE promoted by Dr. Moon?
  • Relationship between tinnitus and obstructive sleep apnea
  • What do you think of Xylitol for nasal congestion and obstructive sleep apnea?
  • What do you think about the 4% desaturation rule for diagnosing sleep apnea, which doesn’t help women?
  • My nose is stuffy and I have trouble using CPAP. I tighten the mask and it doesn’t help. What can I do?
  • Can most pediatric ENTs perform DISE?
  • What’s the sleep study criteria for UARS?
  • Do older toddlers who have OSA rock back and forth even banging their heads on the crib?
  • What’s more important, AHI, heart rate variability or sympathetic stress?
  • I underwent septoplasty, turbinoplasty, tonsillectomy and UPPP. My nose is still stuffy. What do I do?
  • My toddler sleeps with his but in the air. He had oral tie release x 2.  What do you recommend?
  • Are there many doctors that address epiglottis problems in adults?
  • Link between Ehlers-Danlose Syndrome to sleep apnea and epiglottis problems. 

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4 thoughts on “Ask Dr. Park: State of the Art on Obstructive Sleep Apnea [podcast+video]

  1. Hello Dr Park! Thank you for this very informative video! (And your blog in general)
    You mentioned sleep positioning devices (like a hump on the back). Are there any such devices for paediatric patients? Would there be any risks associated with using such device by children? (Not infants) Thank you!

  2. Sun,

    Sorry, but I’m not aware of such devices for children. You may have to make up something on your own. For example, fill a small backpack tightly with a pillow and sleep with it. It should be safe, as many children can only sleep on their sides or tummies.

    Good luck!

  3. Hi Dr.Park please note a white paper study on Xylitol done in Japan ..
    It can cause problems related to gout.I would not recommend anyone use this as a Nasal rinse except for a short period of time week or less.Its good for clearing a Sinus infection ,but dont use it for long term sinus rinse..F.Y.I.
    I stopped using and my gout problem subsided..

  4. Thank you for sharing this. It was very interesting to listen to you. I sympathize with all those who have the same experience as me. Unfortunately, this is my problem from childhood until now. I have not been able to find a solution to my problem for a very long time and therefore do not get enough sleep even, since apnea interferes with normal sleep. I’m not even talking about the fact that it also brings discomfort to those people who are next to me. In your video, I have noticed several variations of solutions to this problem and I hope this helps me.