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Dr. Saadat on Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a dangerous thing and it is tremendously under-diagnosed. How do you know if you’re snoring? But there is another problem.

Let’s say somebody has said, ok I’ll wear the CPAP machine. If you’re like me you go home every night to the same house 365 days a year, yes, it is convenient to have the CPAP there plugged in next to your bed. But if you are in the military and you move around from place to place and have limited space to carry things you are going to carry a CPAP with you because it is too annoying and cumbersome.

So most people are looking for something that is just a one-time deal. They do it and get it over with and I don’t have to deal with it.

Unfortunately a lot of people think that the only treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. However, in the past 5 to 10 years there has been tremendous amount of new technology that we used to treat sleep apnea without wearing a CPAP.

The advances are obviously in the surgical procedure because the others have been around for a while. They don’t have the best success rate because most people they work and then people decide that they’re not going to wear their mouth device or the CPAP machine. Therefore they fail.

Surgery is considered a one-time deal that you do the procedure and once you heal from it you’re done and it fixes the problem, right? It is a so-called permanent fix so you don’t have to do things like the CPAP or the jaw device. The reason surgeries failed in the past was because we did not have a good way of evaluating where the problem is coming from.

In my next post, I’ll break it down and give you all the possibilities.