Snoring and Sleep Apnea for 3 Years. I Am a Radiologist. I Have DNS. Have Not Underwent Any Sleep Analysis. I Am Thin Built?

Occasionally i ve nasal blockage.I ve consulted the ENT surgeon. They advised septoplasty. Can septoplasty will relieve sleep apnea. Whether i may need any other procedures furthur. Can u share ur experience.....

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Oral Appliances are a fantastic method of treating sleep apnea.

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There are many appliances available to sleep mild to severe sleep apnea.  Oral appliances are considered a first line treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea.  They are considered an alternative to CPAP for severe sleep apnea when patients cannot tolerate or do not want CPAP.  The I Hate CPAP website has excellent information of oral appliance therapy.

One appliance the DNA Appiance and the mRNA Appliance version can be used not just to treat sleep apnea but to Cure sleep apnea.  Each patient is unique and clinical case studies show cures but long term prospective studies are just starting.

Septoplasty to relieve apnea

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Your first step should be to have a sleep study. This will establish if you have apnea and to what degree . This can decide how treatment will be evaluated to determine effectiveness .
Septoplasty may improve your nasal breathing but if the problem is your narrow airway behind tongue it may not help. This May require tonsil evaluation and tongue position evaluation. 
Yes , thin people can have this condition 
Another option to consider is oral appiance therapy by a dentist . I have treated many patients who have  undergone surgery and still needed further treatment . Oral appliances were successful in controlling the snoring and reducing the apnea  

Hope this helps

Thomas R. Gonzales, DDS
Las Vegas Dentist

Deviated Nasal Septum and Sleep Apnea ... #RealSelf100

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Hello there,
My first thought is for you to try a dental sleep device.  They look like a mouth guard and it's worn at bedtime.  It's unnoticeable to others around you.  It moves your jaw forward, removing the obstruction of the back of your tongue from your pharynx.  It takes about a week to get used to for most people, but it is 100% better than having to have a CPAP machine.  Good luck and I hope this helps. Follow me if you have more questions.
Sarah Thompson, DMD
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Obstructive sleep apnea is rarely caused only by septal deviation.  More frequently, obstruction is located at the base of tongue, pharyngeal walls, soft palate and uvula.  However, the nasal airways need to be open for any treatment of sleep apnea to be maximally effective (whether it is CPAP or surgery).

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Sleep apnea requires comprehensive evaluation and treatment

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A deviated septum or nasal blockage can contribute to sleep apnea. However, according to medical studies, septoplasty will only improve apnea and snoring in about  15% of patients. Apnea, especially in someone who is thin more likely has narrowing at all levels: nose, nasopharynx, palate and base of tongue. So, treatment at multiple levels may be necessary. Although, if the nose is a large component, you can start there.

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    I would have the sleep study done first as apnea likely will not be the result of a deviated septum.  If you have unilateral nasal onstructive symptoms,  the septoplasty may be reasonable as well.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA


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Having a deviated nasal septum can certainly upset your sleep cycles since you are not having proper breathing function at rest. A septoplasty would at least help your breathing and snoring issues. Sleep studies would need to be done to properly diagnose your sleep apnea. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

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