Ask Dr. Park Your Question About Obstructive Sleep Apnea

My monthly Ask Dr. Park Teleseminars in years past were very popular with many of you. It was also a way for me to understand the frustrations and pains for those of you with obstructive sleep apnea. I truly enjoyed the live Q&A format, but due to recent time constraints from my new academic position, I’ve had to transition my telesemianrs to pre-recorded podcasts. My recent 3-part podcast series on Vitamin D and sleep with Dr. Stasha Gominak was extremely well-received, with well over 2000 downloads so far. 

As a way of connecting with you again, I’ve decided to re-launch my Ask Dr. Park series, but in a different format. Submit your one question in the text field below, and I’ll try to answer as many as I can. I will then select a handful of questions to answer on an upcoming Ask Dr. Park podcast. If possible, please state at least your first name, where you live, and a brief question. I’ll try to choose questions that can help as many people as possible. 

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3 thoughts on “Ask Dr. Park Your Question About Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  1. I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea back in 2009. My tonsils are huge. Practically touching each other. Would you suggest I see an ENT doctor to have them removed to improve my condition?

  2. I thought of another question. Do you have a non-exclusive whitelist of surgeons to recommend for MMA surgery around the world? One can infer a few from your website but there’s certainly more. Dr Li dodged the question in your interview with him.

  3. About six months ago I started having a very strange kind of sleep onset insomnia: right as I started experiencing hypnagogic images and transitioning to autonomic breathing, I would wake up, feeling slightly short of breath. I saw a sleep doctor, took a home sleep test, and was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea (AHI=6.3). I tried but failed CPAP, and two weeks ago started using a mandibular advancement device. For the first week, my sleep improved dramatically, which was very exciting. However, in the past week I have started experiencing the same sleep onset insomnia, and this time I know I’m getting enough air. I breathe completely comfortably as I am falling asleep, then wake up as soon as the hypnagogic images appear (always when I am inhaling). This happens over and over again until I get up, take a break, and try to sleep a little later. Eventually I fall asleep (though I’m also having trouble maintaining sleep past 4 or 5 am). I have not been able to find much about this condition searching online, other than some suggestions it may be anxiety related. Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.

    (Also, I am a 35 year old male weighing 145 pounds and standing 6 feet tall. I regularly run, eat pretty well, and am generally pretty healthy.)