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Sleep Apnea

by jlnaz / March 11, 2008 3:17 PM PDT

> raygun01: Apnea: yes. Mask: yes. Surgery to fix? yes! Happy
> raygun01: Awaiting the results of my sleep study. To apnia, or not to apnia? such as.

Heh, you'll never sleep better until you start strapping your mask on every night.

For some the surgery would be too invasive. Totally disconnecting the jaw, moving it out, and changing the facial structure.

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That's what I keep hearing...
by raygun01 / March 11, 2008 4:33 PM PDT
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I'm looking forward to better sleep. I am tall and skinny... from the Dr's perspective, he rarely finds someone he feels surgery might actually be an option for... He sees me as a good fit for it... I'm all for it if it means no need for a mask for the rest of my life.

But really, anything to be healthy Wink


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The worst thing about ll of it is the actual sleep tests
by minimalist / March 13, 2008 4:39 PM PDT

They wire you up with so many electrodes that of course you can't sleep because you are tangled in wires!

But the first night you try the mask can be a revelation. Its like the deepest sleep you have ever had. Now I barely notice the mask is on. I have the least intrusive type that just presses against your nose and goes over the head. As a bonus the mask teaches your body to breath through your nose when you are sleeping and you will never snore again.

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by Nicholas Buenk / March 12, 2008 1:05 AM PDT
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Now I'm wondering if I should go get tested for that!

Nicholas the hypochrondiac.

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don't forget the hot needle!
by kid_entropy / March 13, 2008 1:02 PM PDT
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One method for surgically treating apnea is inserting a hot needle into the soft pallet. It kills some tissue and causes the pallet to retract. The patient is under general anesthesia but i can't help but think that would leave a smell that would linger.

This is why i wear the mask, I'm so used to it I find it odd to sleep without it. What kind of headgear do you all wear? I have the Opus nasal interface system, which is just fun to say.

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Yes, sleep mask not that bad, Brother in law got his
by merrybrown / March 13, 2008 2:46 PM PDT

Life back. Was falling asleep behind the wheel etc. before.
But if you are up for the surgery, go for it!

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I know where you're coming from
by kid_entropy / March 14, 2008 8:35 AM PDT

I remember being at work only vaguely aware of how i had driven there. Scary Stuff. Also had times when i was dozing off on my motorcycle! I put it down like that, only minor damage to the bike and I wasn't harmed at all, but it was a real wake-up call(is that a pun?) I got the wheels rolling on getting a sleep study done etc.

Here's a pic of me all wired up getting ready to go to sleep:

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