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Other things that are natural for a Deviated Septum is there such?

Asked by addictionsfb (30points) July 4th, 2010

My sleep doctor told me that the only way she would prescribe a CPAP for sleep apnea is if I had my deviated septum fixed. I chose the latter. But sure would like to find something that helps me breath at night.

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JLeslie's avatar

Maybe ask for a second opinion. Is it an ENT that recommended the surgery?

Seaofclouds's avatar

You could try to see another doctor to see if they will prescribe the CPAP for you. A deviated septum could cause limit the effectiveness of the CPAP. You could see a ENT (ears, nose, and throat) doctor to see if they have any recommendations for you.

JLeslie's avatar

@Seaofclouds I was thinking the ENT would be the one to want to do surgery more likely.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@JLeslie An ENT would be the one to do the surgery. @addictionsfb said his sleep doctor said he needed to have the deviated septum repaired before giving him a CPAP. A ENT may have other suggestions in regards to being able to breath with the deviated septum that could avoid the surgery, since @addictionsfb is against the surgery at this point.

JLeslie's avatar

@Seaofclouds My point is doctors who do deviated septum surgery are likely to want to do the surgery. Surgeons generally like to cut. I don’t know what type of doctor his sleep specialist is. I don’t know if sleep specialities come from other specialties, like chronic pain doctors are many times either neurologists or anesthesiologists. I don’t know enough about sleep doctors, so that is why I asked the question.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@JLeslie The ENT may want to do the surgery, but that is where he can say he doesn’t want the surgery and ask what his other options are. They only way he’ll get that information is to see an ENT though. You are correct that surgeons like to cut, but ENTs do more than just surgery.

Actually sleep doctors specialize in sleep medicine. There are other doctors that will discuss sleep issues as well though, so it’s hard to say without him giving more information.

lillycoyote's avatar

I had surgery to repair my deviated septum. It really improved my breathing. That’s just my personal experience but it made a significant difference for me.

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