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Re: CPAP affects my mood like crazy

Posted by LostBoyinNC43 on March 6, 2013, at 14:21:22

In reply to Re: CPAP affects my mood like crazy, posted by Hugh on March 6, 2013, at 12:38:25

I actually saw a dental sleep medicine guy last week. It was for an initial exam to get fitted for a prescription oral appliance to treat my sleep apnea. Ive long known about the pillar implant surgery, but just to let you know something. That is not the "gold standard" for sleep apnea. The gold standard for sleep apnea is properly titrated CPAP or Bipap. There is also a lot of evidence based medicine out there that says significant weight loss helps sleep apnea. Also, reducing sedating medications and booze, there is a ton of evidence based medicine for eliminating or reducing those sedating drugs and booze. Then again, reducing booze and a lot of sedating drugs (benzos, anti-histamines, etc.) is also important for successful treatment of depression!!

The reason I switched over to a nasal mask in fact, was due to I was going to try an oral appliance with nasal CPAP. And have less tight headgear and mask. It did not take me long, a few nights, to quickly find out I only do well on the full face masks.

Im telling you, sleep apnea untreated can REALLY do a bang up job on my mood, my thinking in general, my hypertension...hell I totally fall apart if my CPAP system is not set up properly. I just dont get the therapy I get from a nasal mask that I get when I use a full face mask.


> A friend of mine had been depressed for years. His wife noticed that he would stop breathing at times during the night, so she made him go to a sleep lab, where they hooked him up to the monitors and let him go to sleep. They woke him up after four hours, told him he had severe sleep apnea, and had him use a CPAP for the rest of the night. My friend woke up in the morning, feeling better than he'd felt in years, and thought, "I'm back!" And he really has been a new person since he started using a CPAP. His brother also had sleep apnea, but refused to have it treated, and died in his sleep of a heart attack, very likely caused by his sleep apnea.
> A lot of people with sleep apnea hate the CPAP and refuse to wear it. Some of them can be helped by the Pillar Procedure. A dentist implants some stents in the soft palate, which stiffen the soft palate and reduce snoring.




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