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Video FAQ – Why Use Humidification with CPAP?

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Humidification as Part of Your CPAP Treatment

CPAP therapy has long been the gold standard for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. In this latest video in our series on sleep disorders, we discuss the importance of including humidification in your CPAP therapy for the best possible results. This video series has been produced to answer your questions about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you have a question that is not addressed in these videos, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to Contact us here on the site or on our Facebook page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Why is humidification advised with the use of nasal CPAP?

In my patients, I always advise that they use a humidifier along with nasal CPAP. The nose is your body’s natural humidifier. With nasal CPAP, air is blown into the upper airway at a very high flow rate which makes it impossible for your nose to adequately humidify your air. The air then dries out the lining of the nose. The nose lining consists of millions of hair-like structures which are constantly beating and brushing away bacteria and dirt and dust from the upper airway.

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Video FAQ – What is An Oral Appliance?

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Oral Appliances for Snoring Relief and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

In this installment of our video FAQ series on sleep disorders, we discuss oral appliances to stop snoring and to reduce obstructive sleep apnea symptoms. This series has been created to address your questions about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If your question has not been answered, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to Contact us here on the site or on our Facebook page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

How Does An Oral Appliance Help You Stop Snoring?

In this video I display an example of an oral appliance. As you will see, there are two denture-like devices; a lower denture, and an upper denture. On the lower denture is a little wing-like device. And on the upper denture is a screw-like device. This works by advancing the screws against the wing, causing the lower denture to move forward and thus bringing the tongue away from the back wall of the throat relieving the upper airway obstruction.

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Video FAQ – What is Provent Therapy?

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Provent Therapy for OSA and Chronic Snoring

We continue our informative video FAQ series with number eight, in which we discuss Provent Therapy for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring relief. This video series is intended to address your questions about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If your question has not been answered, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to contact us here on the site or on our Facebook Page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

What is Provent Therapy and How Does It Relieve Snoring and OSA?

Provent is a relatively new treatment option for the treatment of severe chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Provent consists of two valves that are inserted into the nostrils and held in place by a non-allergic adhesive bandage. If one looks closely, you can see a mesh-like valve with a little hole in each side. Provent works by being open during inhalation through the nose so there is no resistance to airflow. When one exhales through the nose, the valves close and you’re exhaling through those tiny holes.

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Video FAQ – What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

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Common Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

In video number seven of this series by Dr. Popper he outlines the most common signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea as well as some more serious issues that have been associated with this condition. This series has been designed to address your questions about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If your question is yet to be answered, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to contact us here on the site or on our Facebook Page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

What are the most common signs and symptoms of
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome?

The most common symptoms presented are restless non-refreshing sleep, daytime sleepiness or excessive fatigue, waking with a headache that dissipates as the day goes on, and high blood pressure. But, in addition to these symptoms, heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, cardiac rhythm disturbances such as atrial fibrillation, diabetes, certain cancers, and sudden death have all been associated with untreated sleep apnea.

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Video FAQ – What Is a Home Sleep Test?

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Home Testing for OSA and How It Works

In video number six of this series, Dr. Popper discusses home testing devices for obstructive sleep apnea and how they work. This video series is designed to answer your questions regarding sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If don’t find an answer to your question here, please come back soon as we’re always adding new videos. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to contact us here on the site or on our Facebook Page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

What Is a Home Sleep Test and How Does It Work?

A home sleep test is a portable device that can be used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in an appropriate patient in the comfort of their own home. This device usually measures four parameters of sleep; respiratory effort, by attaching a belt across the chest and the abdomen to demonstrate efforts to breath; there’s usually a cannula-type device that has probes inside the nostrils and above the lip to measure airflow or air pressure; and a pulse oximeter, which is a clip that fits over the fingernail bed and measures both oxygen and heart rate.

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Video FAQ – How To Find a Sleep Specialist?

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Resources for Locating a Sleep Specialist

This is installment number five in our Video FAQ series by Dr. Popper designed to address your questions about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. In this brief video, the doctor shares a few resources to help you locate a board-certified sleep specialist and an accredited sleep center near you. If your question hasn’t been answered in this series, come back soon as we’re continually adding more videos. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to contact us here on the site or on our Facebook Page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

How Can You Find a Board Certified Sleep Specialist Near You?

If you suspect that you are suffering from a sleep disorder, it’s important that you consult with a board certified sleep disorders specialist at an accredited sleep center. There are three excellent websites available to help you with this search: First, visit The American Academy of Sleep Medicine at aasmnet.org. You will also find valuable help and information at The National Sleep Foundation’s website at SleepFoundation.org as well as the “Find A Center” search resource at SleepCenters.org, which has recently changed it’s web address to SleepEducation.com.

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Video FAQ – How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

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Treatment Options for OSA

In this fourth FAQ video in our series, Dr. Popper discusses several available treatment options for patients suffering from OSA. This series is designed to address frequently asked questions regarding obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If your question has not been answered, come back soon as we’re continually adding more videos to this series. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to contact us here on the site or on our Facebook Page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

How is OSA Treated?

There are a variety of treatments available for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Weight loss is always encouraged for those patients who are overweight. In patients who’s sleep apnea occurs predominately on their back, they can be trained or taught to sleep on their sides and this is often effective in treating their obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

In addition, various surgical procedures can be performed by either ear, nose and throat doctors, or dentists, to remove some of the obstructing tissues in the upper airway. Dentists also make what are known as oral appliances, which are devices that are placed within the mouth to either hold the tongue down or advance the lower jaw forward, bringing the tongue away from the back wall of the throat.

A newer device, known as Provent Therapy, provides positive airway pressure through the use of a small valve that is inserted through the nostrils and held in place by a bandage-type device.

The treatment of choice for most cases of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is a device called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).

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Video FAQ – How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

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Diagnosing the Presence of OSA

In this brief video explanation, Dr. Popper goes over the typical steps taken by physicians to determine whether or not a patient is suffering from OSA. This third video in the series to address frequently asked questions regarding sleep disorders is short and to the point. If this video doesn’t answer your question, come back soon as we’re continually adding more videos to this FAQ series. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to contact us here on the site or on our Facebook Page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

How is OSA Diagnosed?

The first step in the diagnosis of sleep apnea is to obtain a thorough history and physical examination with concentration on sleep related symptoms, which can be performed by your primary care physician or a board-certified sleep medicine specialist.

Once the suspicion of sleep apnea is made, a sleep study is the next step. There are two types of sleep studies. There is a screening version, known as a home sleep study, which monitors a few parameters pertaining to sleep. And there is the more comprehensive sleep study, known as a polysomnography examination, which is performed in a sleep center. There are advantages and disadvantages to both a home sleep study and an in-sleep-center polysomnographic evaluation.

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Video FAQ – What Causes Sleep Apnea?

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An Explanation of the Causes of OSA

This is the second video in a series designed to address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding sleep disorders. If this video doesn’t answer your question, visit again later because we’ll add more videos to this FAQ series. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to contact us here on the site or on our Facebook Page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

What Causes OSA?

Upper airway tissue obstruction can occur from a deviated nasal septum, which is the cartilage that runs up and down the middle of the nose, or from enlargement or hypertrophy of the turbinates, which are these ridges that occur within the nose. Some patients will have a droopy soft palate, which is the structure in the back of the throat. The uvula is often enlarged. That’s the little “punching bag” that occurs in the back of the throat. The tonsils can be enlarged. And the tongue is often enlarged.

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Video FAQ – What Is Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep Apnea – A Definition

With this video, we begin a series designed to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding all topics related to sleep disorders. If this video doesn’t answer your particular question, come back often as we’ll be adding more videos to the FAQ series. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to contact us here on the site or on our Facebook Page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a disorder manifest by snoring and holding of the breath. Patients are often unaware of the breath hold. They often will awaken with a snort, a gasp, or a grunt or choking sensation. They still may not be aware of this and these may only be brought to their attention by a bed mate or spouse.

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