How will a sleep study help cure my sleep apnea?

This question was asked in Little Rock, Arkansas on 08/08/2012.
I need education about sleep apnea and a study because it runs in my family and I’m having symptoms of it to and I really need to know.

Doctors Answers (3)

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 8/10/2012

A sleep study is the beginning toward a "cure" for sleep apnea. The diagnosis and treatment recommendations will be derived from the results of the sleep study. Sleep Apnea often runs in families. The most effective treatment (not a cure) is CPAP therapy. This is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. There are surgical procedures which help some patients but I doubt you will find a doctor who will offer a cure. You should discuss all options with your doctor.

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 8/10/2012

If you stop breathing repeatedly at night more than 5/hour then you have sleep apnea. If this is associated with oxygen desaturations then you are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, worsening hypertension and diabetes and increased for accidents on the road as well as depression and the reduced quality of life this disorder brings. This disorder can be cured with nightly CPAP by using a continuous airflow to keep the upper airway from collapsing while you sleep and putting you at serious health risk.

Syed Nabi, M.D.
Answered on: 8/9/2012 6

It will help diagnose the nature of your sleep apnea and help your sleep doctor recommend the best kind of therapy which is usually a Continous Positive Airway pressure machine.