Tag: obstructive sleep apnea

Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea – The Who (Prevalence)

When we have medical problems, we all want to understand the ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of the condition.  Knowing may lead to changes or corrections that might fix and potentially remove the problem.  Many professionals have invested their careers studying obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), trying to understand the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of OSA.  It remains a subject that… Read more »

The Goals of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

“Why am I using that this thing?” they asked me.  This ‘thing’ they were referring to is also known as CPAP. Many people find themselves having had a sleep test and they are not sure why. They have a CPAP machine (Constant Positive Airway Pressure machine). Yet, they tell me, “I don’t know why.” Yes, they’ve been… Read more »

Coronavirus, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and CPAP

Week four of our national shut down.  Do you have your obstructive apnea under control?   I hope this finds you healthy and sleeping well.  What does having this virus around mean to you and others with obstructive sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition.  The coronavirus is a new infectious agent that produces a short-term illness.  It is… Read more »

The Five Z’s – Journal Review – Nasal vs Oro-nasal PAP

Article:   Transmission of Oral Pressure Compromises Oronasal CPAP Efficacy in the Treatment of OSA Date of Publication:  Dec 2019 Reference: Madeiro F, Andrade RGS, Piccin VS, Pinheiro GDL, et al. Transmission of Oral Pressure Compromises Oronasal CPAP Efficacy in the Treatment of OSA.  Chest 2019; 156(6):1187-1194 Reason/Problem/Purpose:  The authors point out reports that in general patients on oral/nasal mask… Read more »

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea? It is an extremely common condition that should be understood by everyone. Sleep apnea is a temporary blockage or obstruction of our breathing while we sleep. A person with sleep apnea experiences repeated blockages of their air passage during sleep.  The condition of obstructive sleep apnea is diagnosed when the blockages occur… Read more »