I'm new! Just last week I realized I have low daytime oxygen levels after accidentally stumbling upon this board and quickly ordered a cms50 plus. My sleep reports are not good. I had a dr appt yesterday and she blew me off but did suggest a dental device. Is that enough?
I'm thinking I need more so I'm trying to learn really fast as I have appt. with a different dr tomorrow and might be able to get a prescription based on my reports. I'm hoping to avoid a lab sleep study due to health issues but I will do what is necessary as I can see now that low oxygen may explain why I've been able to heal.
I am attaching a report and would ask for observations and suggestions on treatment that I could ask for from my dr. so I can begin treatment as soon as possible. I've already found some great info and some suggestioms on type of APAP to buy with sd card but I'm not sure that info is up to date.
Does anyone else deal with chemical sensitivities? I'm worried about plastics and especially vinyl. Thank you!
Ok. I can't get the image of my report to attach. Can I attach a pdf? I spent 27.9 minutes <88% last night. Avg. Low 85.5%. My basal spo2% is 91.7. Index per hour 20.8. I'll keep trying to get my report posted.
I will take a guess that you are near normal weight and do not have the normal (obese) co-morbidities often associated with obstructive sleep apnea. Doctors often look at thin people and simply reject the possibility that they may have sleep disordered breathing. Sleep apnea comes in many forms, including straight obstructive sleep apnea, complex and mixed apnea, and upper or lower airway resistance associated with other breathing disorder (COPD, asthema, etc). So there is a lot of ground to cover, and a dental device addresses only one of those; obstruction in the upper airway caused by the jaw moving back at night.
What is needed is a proper clinical sleep study, which will diagnose the type and frequency of any sleep disordered breathing, and may include physical evaluation of your upper airway by an ENT. You should insist on a sleep study referral, simply because at this point, you just got blown off and your concerns totally disregarded. You need a professional opinion on whether the low oxygen and other symptoms you are having have a physical cause. Also, chronic hypoxia will show up in blood tests as an increase in pH due to higher carbon dioxide. Did your doctor even consider referral for blood testing, or consult your last tests?