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Ross Plotkin
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What percentage of the population has 0 AHI?

Started this discussion. Last reply by j n k Nov 9, 2010.

two people + CPAP et al in twin-size bed?
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Hi everyone: I'm still trying to find a treatment for my ever-worsening sleep apnea (67 awakenings per hour).The good news is that for almost four months now I have been dating a wonderful woman with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Oct 26, 2010.

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Acting surprised that someone with sleep apnea isn't obese is like acting surprised that a Jew doesn't have brown eyes and dark-colored hair. (I've gotten confused looks for each scenario.)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rooster Sep 16, 2010.

a lot about maxillomandibular advancement
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I was told that I was a great candidate for MMA surgery (I have a "class 2" jawline and a very suitable overjet), and have been getting prepared for that procedure and its accompanying orthodontic…Continue

Tags: MMA, advancement, maxillomandibular

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Wortman Jan 17, 2011.


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My Interest in Sleep Apnea
I have Sleep Apnea
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If Machine Being Used, What Type? (e.g., Respironics M Series with A-Flex Auto-Adjusting CPAP)
Respironics M Series with A-Flex Auto-Adjusting CPAP
If Mask Being Used, What Type? (e.g., ResMed Activa Nasal Mask)
Comfort Lite 2, Mirage Vista

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At 11:16am on June 8, 2010, Mike said…
you're very welcome. like everything in life, at the end of the day, you're the one in the driver's seat making the decisions. i personally like to have as much data as possible before arriving at a conclusion. but i also know there's a point of information overload. you have to be the judge of when you have enough data points to make an informed decision. but it's up to places like this to give you access to those data points. that's the critical role we play.
At 10:36am on February 25, 2010, 99 said…
hi ross i am guessing that you are a music lover and can be very satisfying to play musical instruments

you have a new instument now and that is your cpap learn to love your cpap and you will not go far wrong
At 9:35am on February 25, 2010, Mike said…
You're welcome. It's for your benefit, but also for the benefit of all the people on here who are like you. What you're going through is typical, and it's a story that needs to be told and reacted to.
At 6:12pm on January 29, 2010, Mike said…
very gratified to hear I could be of some help to you Ross -- all that I ask in return is that you write a review on Chip at my website:

Also, do you think you can make the meeting on Weds? Would love to see you at our new, improved location on the West side.
At 12:12pm on January 18, 2010, Ross Plotkin said…
Hi Mike:

Just wanted to let you know that I called Restoration Medical Supplies and asked for Chip, but instead was helped by a very informed young lady named Melinda.

I haven't had any more success with mask acclimation, but she said that the Mirage Swift LT was indeed a very good mask, and that I should experiment with the humidifier and put a bit of Vaseline on my nostrils to alleviate the irritation that the nasal pillows cause. If this is unsuccessful, she said I should call them back tomorrow for additional tips.

Also, Apria set my REMStar Plus M Series in such a way that I can't adjust the ramp-up time from its locked setting of 15 minutes. I'd certainly like to get it to 45 minutes. I am currently on the phone and on hold with Apria about this matter; I have to go to rehearsal soon...but if when I return I am unable to get any help on making this adjustment, I may start a "discussion" about how to best remedy the matter. Sound good?

Melinda and I talked about several other things, such as the unlikelihood that my new machine had ever turned itself off without my guiding it to; and whether it's time for me to experiment with a BiPap or an AutoPap (having read your account of how useful the AutoPap was, I was very intrigued). She said if I still don't feel more well-rested after a week of successfully using the CPAP for a full night, every night, that would be the time to look into an AutoPap, perhaps.

Thoughts on any of the above? There's so much information out there, I'm glad to have met you to help me wade through it and ascertain what is sensible and what is not.

At 11:31am on January 7, 2010, Mike said…
Great meeting you too Ross. I recommend that you start asking those day-to-day questions you have by adding a new "Discussion" for each question you have

If i can't answer it myself, I'm sure someone else here with more knowledge than me will.
At 8:01am on December 16, 2009, sleepycarol said…
Welcome to the forum!!

We are glad you joined. Here you will find information about sleep apnea, treatment options, and other sleep related disorders.

If you are fairly new to the world of sleep apnea, please check out the FAQ tab and under the Groups tab, the new users group and the collective wisdom section. You may find those of particular importance in learning the language often used on the forum, solutions to common issues patients may have, and other information you may find useful.

If you have been around the world of sleep apnea for a while, we hope you still find the site informative and of interest.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, comments, questions, etc.

Again, Welcome to the forum!!
At 4:12pm on December 13, 2009, Ross Plotkin said…
Thanks guys. I'm a 34-year-old male who's been diagnosed with sleep apnea since 2006. I've probably had it all my adult life, though. Untreated, I wake up like 62 or 64 times an hour. I went to the ENT on Friday and got the news that a UPPP would likely only have a 30% success rate. That verdict has left me crushed all weekend. I know there are other options, but adjusting to the mask is what it all keeps coming back to. And honestly, I'm devastated. Crestfallen. I've been walking around miserable. I've slept for a few hours with the mask here and there, but I hate the device so much. I'm a bit desparate and looking for support and understanding whereever I can find it. Thanks.
At 2:08pm on December 13, 2009, Mike said…
hi Ross. good to have you on board.
At 1:50pm on December 13, 2009, 99 said…
hi ross and welcome to sleepguide

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