Forum · Colonoscopy with sleep apnea

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[-] ConscientiousSapphirePelican1554 +0 points · 29 days ago

Absolutely petrified of having a colonoscopy. I just scheduled a routine exam and informed doctor of my sleep apnea and one time atrial fibrillation. He tried to relieve my anxiety and said I would be sedated with propofol. I would also have vitals monitored. I asked about my dental appliance I use when sleeping. He said I can use it but wondering if that may cause problem since I develope saliva and fear of coming loose while sedated. Doctor said I would have nasal cannula and drug used is short lived. My concern and fear has always been, being sedated and never waking up. Recent death of Joan rivers just upped my anxiety.

Has anyone had this done and what is best way to approach this procedure?

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[-] FearlessBronzeRhinoceros1720 +0 points · 28 days ago

My husband has severe sleep apnea and has had routine colonoscopies many times using the same sedation and has never had an issue. You're only out for 10-15 minutes. It takes more time to prepare for the test than it does to actually have it done. Best wishes for a "clean screen"

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[-] ConscientiousSapphirePelican1554 +0 points · 28 days ago

Did your husband wear a CPAP or dental appliance during sedation? I asked my dentist who made the appliance. He said you do not need to wear it and he has one but did not use it for colonoscopy. Plus slight potential it can come loose while under sedation. So Doctor doing colonoscopy knows about my sleep apnea and nasal cannula should be enough. Thanks for answering my question.

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[-] SleepyMommy703 +0 points · 28 days ago

I don't think you would need it. I have had multiple surgeries since my diagnosis, but have never used a CPAP while under sedation or anesthesia.

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 28 days ago Sleep Enthusiast

I have undergone the procedure and have not worn a mask or needed it... only out a little while. I would not want anything in my mouth when sedated. I think you have nothing to worry about.

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