I've just been diagnosed with sleep apnea following a sleep study in May. My doctor said that in the 2.8hours that I was asleep, I stopped breathing 22 times. I stopped breathing from 10 - 24 seconds each time and my oxygen saturation dropped as low as 70. She didn't say if that was mild, moderate, or severe apnea. She is my primary care physician, and I have not actually seen a sleep specialist, although one reviewed the results to my sleep study and sent a report to her. Do you think a sleep specialist should actually talk to me and look in my nose and throat, just in case there is an issue there? I'm actually rather surprised that I haven't been referred to a sleep doctor as I have fairly good insurance.
For me, my sleep apnea reared it's head a few years ago when I was pregnant, and has not gone away. I gained weight with two pregnancies and am wondering if just losing weight will help alleviate the problem, since I did not have issues with apnea prior to being pregnant and gaining weight. Has anyone out there had success with just losing weight?
To be honest, the CPAP thing makes me feel very unsettled. During my sleep study, they had me try CPAP for the rest of the night following the first three hours of study. At first, I felt very panicked with the mask on and called the technician in to adjust it. She did, and then I was able to fall asleep and had no more instances of apnea. Even still, just thinking about the mask makes me feel panicky. Also I wonder how much dependency you build with the CPAP. Will your throat muscles become weak by using the CPAP such that you are totally dependant on the machine? I guess the idea of being dependant on a machine to breath at night just really has me all freaked out. Sigh...