Does Sleep Apnea Ever Go Away? Interview with Dr. Brandon R. Peters

Does Sleep Apnea Ever Go Away? 
 Interview with Dr. Brandon R. Peters
Google Plus Presentation aired on 9/24/13 at 2:00 pm EST
The CPAP Shop hosted its first Google Webinar today and it was recorded so that you can view it on our YouTube channel here:
We interviewed Brandon Peters, M.D., a noted sleep expert, and asked some of our customer’s most frequently asked questions.
Brandon Peters, M.D. is a neurology-trained sleep medicine specialist who currently practices in Novato, CA and serves as adjunct clinical faculty at Stanford University. His interest in sleep began when he was in college and he has a wide breadth of clinical and research experiences.

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Listen to the video to learn more about:

  • OSA and its implications? – Dr. Peters explained the difference between hypertonia (partial blockage) and apnea (complete blockage) and spoke about the stress on the body that apneas cause.
  • Why CPAP therapy is the preferred treatment.  Dr. Peters urged patients to stay complient to reduce the risk of mood swings, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, stroke and other diseases.
  • Whether significant weight loss can eliminate the need for therapy.  Dr. Peters addressed some of the genetic reasons for apnea but also suggested that loosing 10 percent or more body weight can allow some people to either reduce the pressure of their therapy or come off of CPAP therapy all together.
  • Surgery to reduce sleep apnea.  Dr. Peters concurred with the notion that while surgery can certainly help some people with sleep apnea to see an improvement in their condition, the surgery is painful and takes a long time to recuperate.

Enjoy the webinar!

Will Sleep Apnea Go Away?

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We would love to hear your feedback on our first webinar – you can comment on our blog or on our YouTube channel – including making requests for other speakers or changes to the format.

Here is a Dr. Peter’s Bio:

Brandon Peters, M.D. is a neurology-trained sleep medicine specialist who currently practices in Novato, CA and serves as adjunct clinical faculty at Stanford University. His interest in sleep began when he was in college and he has a wide breadth of clinical and research experiences.
Dr. Peters was trained as a polysomnographic technician and also worked in clinical sleep medicine prior to starting medical school. He has researched and published articles on the sleep habits of university students, circadian rhythm disorders in the blind, and abnormal sleep behaviors called parasomnias. He was an award-winning journalist in college. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on sleep-related topics.

Chris Vasta


Chris Vasta

Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…

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  • susan egisti

    what is the relationship of sleep apnea and being obese. does it help of hinder?

    • Chris Vasta

      Hello, Susan. While there are many other health factors that can play into the cause of sleep apena, weight is a main contributor. In relationship to sleep apean, being over weight tends to hinder. In some cases people no longer have symptoms once they loose weight. According to “If a patient is diagnosed with OSAS, there are several options for treatment. The first of which is a reduction in weight if the patient is in fact overweight. Even small amounts of weight-loss can significantly improve OSAS” They go on to say that even with the incorporation of cpap, the inclusion of weight lose is still key. That being said the cpap therapy will still keep your air way open, even if you are over weight.

  • Bruce G. Hodgson

    Sleep apnea is something I did not know I had until a friend, a retired nurse, sit by my bed in emergency and found me stopping to breathe and constantly awakening with a jolt to restart breathing again. Clearly this was dangerous, making my life perilous. A sleep study determined that I was doing this (stopping to breathe) over 100 times each hour. That was several months ago. Since then I try to wear a sleep apnea mask for sleeping at nights and for naps during the day (I’m 82 years of age). But I have a problem; the mask feels like I’m being smothered and I panic. I prefer not to wear it. How do I overcome my fear and my panicking?

    • Chris Vasta

      Hi Bruce,
      This is a typical reaction for many who are new to CPAP. One way to overcome this reaction is to use your CPAP machine during the day while you are reading or watching TV. Get a feeling for how it works and they way it will make you feel. Being confident in its ability to help you sleep is paramount.

  • Helen Stephens

    I have had a very hard time adjusting to nasal pillows, full mask, nasal cover. I have mild (14 eph). My setting is at low level of 4 and still blows air into my bowels!! My nose has bled. My face has terrible marks from mask and chin strap because I am a mouth breather. Even with strap air goes into my stomach. I cannot say I feel better, so I am currently am taking a break from cpap. Just wondering what you think.

    • Chris Vasta

      Hi Helen,
      To reply to your question properly we asked Dr. Peters for his answer. Here is his response:

      I would recommend follow up with his or her board-certified sleep medicine physician to discuss these issues. Changes may be possible to improve the response to therapy. Moreover, alternatives can be considered such as bilevel therapy, weight loss, positional therapy, surgery, or the use of an oral appliance.

      Sincerely Brandon Peters

  • William Taylor

    I have had apnea for many years and have used cpap with mixed results. All mask leak and are uncomfortable, but I have tried surgery and would like to tell people to NOT consider UPPP, it has been a disaster for me. The surgeon did warn me that it was a fifty % chance of success . In my case it did not work, but it left me with bad side effects of which I received no warning from the doctor. It turns out that I was left with a bad mucus problems in my throat and food sticking in mucus leading to violent coughing to clear food. One last warning I have seen many sleep doctors and I think by and large they are medical charlatans. If CPAP is ineffective they are out of ammo.

    • Chris Vasta

      Thanks for sharing your experience with surgery – I’m sorry to hear you’ve had so much trouble over the years. Dr. Peters has an MD and is a board certified sleep doctor. He teaches at Stanford University. We trust his advice completely. Sleep health is only beginning to come to the attention of the general science community as an important part of overall health. There is still a lot we don’t know about sleep – certainly not as much as, say, cardiovascular health. All of the sleep doctors we’ve spoken to are on the forefront of their field – they’ve learned and studies as much as there is to know, currently, about sleep medicine. But fortunately, we live in a time when studies and research are always being conducted to learn more about sleep and how it affects our bodies.

      • Beth Austin

        I to have a problem heavy mucus and trying to use CPAP therapy. There are things I have found that help. Neti Pot (or similar) nasal rinse. It help me alot. Also, Saline sinus rinse, and allergy nasal sprays and allergy medicine. Seems part of the problem was a that my allergies had gotten much worse.

        • Chris Vasta

          HI Beth,
          Thanks for the good tips! We also recommend replacing filters and equipment on a regular basis and of course keeping up with cleaning of the equipment.

  • William Black

    Very informational I enjoyed it greatly. There was a lot of audio feedback in the webinar especially when the doctor was speaking.

  • John4T

    This is the first time that I have accessed your site and Webinar.  .Sure would like more information about sleep apnea and obtaining optimal results from my CPAP therapy.  There is definitely a need for this in the sleep apnea community.

  • rnorwood

    Thanks for the informative CPAP shop.  I have been on CPAP for quite a few years and wanted to update myself on the issue.  There isn’t much about CPAP on the web that is evidence based so thank you.  You have inspired me to keep on.  It does get frustrating…

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