March Sleep Apnea Support Group
Do you suffer from sleep apnea or have a family member or friend who suffers
from it? If so, you are encouraged to attend this support group meeting
on Monday, March 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parrish Healthcare Center
at Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Parkway, (east of the I-95 Port St.
John exit). The meetings are held in the Conference Center by the south
entrance (near the sleep lab). This is a free community service. Please
call 321-268-6408 to register.
The March 7 meeting will include the following:
- Is there an alternative to CPAP therapy? Different treatment options are
available for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The right one for you depends
upon the severity of your sleep apnea (which is determined from a sleep
study), the physical structure of your upper airway, and other aspects
of your medical history. Duongvannak Keo, D.M.D., P.A., and physicians
from Brevard Ear, Nose, and Throat will discuss dental devices and surgery options.
- How much weight do you need to lose to possibly get off your CPAP? Even
a small amount of weight loss can open up your throat and improve sleep
apnea symptoms. One recent large-scale population study showed that a
10% drop in body weight was associated with a 30% drop in your risk for
sleep apnea. Presented by Kristina St. Peter-Weaver, RPSGT
- At every A.W.A.K.E. Support Group meeting you’ll have the opportunity
to see newer model CPAP machines and masks and receive a free mask fitting
if you’d like.