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Positional Obstructive Sleep Apnea: MAD as an alternative to CPAP

Positional Obstructive Sleep Apnea: MAD as an alternative to CPAP

In clinical settings, many patients experience more severe OSA while asleep in the supine position than in the lateral position. 9,10 Individuals are defined as positional OSA (P-OSA) if their overall apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) is higher than 5 events/h, and the ratio of their lateral AHI to supine AHI is 0.5 or less. A substantial number of studies demonstrated that P-OSA is present in 50% to 60% of patients who undergo polysomnography. Furthermore, a few reports suggested that P-OSA patients responded better to MAD than patients with non-positional OSA…

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Traveling with sleep apnea is possible

Traveling with sleep apnea is possible

Sleep apnea causes that millions of people have sleeping problems and are unable to get a restorative sleep, feeling exhausted every morning. CPAP is the most common treatment for nighttime apneas and allows the patient a good rest. The people who depend on this machine have to use it continuously throughout the night and surely during all their life. Being dependent on a machine every night makes many people resort to the mandibular advancement devices (MAD) as Orthoapnea.  The most…

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Risks of the CPAP – What alternative treatments are there?

Risks of the CPAP – What alternative treatments are there?

CPAP is the most common treatment chosen by people who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. It is a continuous positive pressure machine the patient should wear at night.  The device, which includes a mask with tubes and a fan, uses air pressure to keep the throat open during sleep and to make breathing easier, reducing snoring and apneas. The CPAP is, however, not a curative treatment. Its success depends largely on a highly demanding rigorous attachment to the device,…

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Sleep Apnea Tied to Fatal Heart Issues for Women, Too

Sleep Apnea Tied to Fatal Heart Issues for Women, Too

Severe obstructive sleep apnea was associated with a risk of cardiovascular death in women, but continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) seemed to reduce the risk, according to a small Spanish study. In a 116-patient, observational study, those with severe obstructive sleep apnea had a cardiovascular mortality rate of 3.71 per 100 person-years compared with the control group’s rate of 0.28 per 100 person years (P< 0.001), Francisco Campos-Rodriguez, MD, from Valme University Hospital in Seville, Spain, and colleagues found. Women…

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Sleep Apnea Dental Device

Sleep Apnea Dental Device

Dental devices are thought to be a viable alternative to treating sleep apnea instead of using a CPAP machine. They’re also known as oral appliances or dental appliances and they are recognised by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as an accepted treatment for sleep ap Patients who want to use dental devices for treating sleep apnea will have to see an orthodontist before they get such a device to make sure that they are a candidate for being treated…

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What is sleep apnea?

What is sleep apnea?

The sleep apnea syndrome because of its high prevalence, comorbidity, high economic costs and obvious decline in quality of life of patients is a health problem of first order, that requires investment in specific treatments. The economic impact associated with low employment and high consumption of health system resources, amounting to OSAHS priority to the forefront of medical and public health problem. Developments in treatment response to growing demand and fortunately increases more and more the number of cases diagnosed…

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OrthoApnea testimony

OrthoApnea testimony

My name is Daniel Peñagaricano Vázquez. I am a specialist in anaesthesia and emergency medicine. Since 2002 I suffer from sleep apnea and I was treated several years with the CPAP mask. I have already tried different mask types and I have adjusted them, too (as it was possible for me, because of my profesion), I really had problems to get used to this machines. The results were disappointing. Dr. José Montes, maxillofacial surgeon, whom I got to know in…

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