A 36-year-old member asked:
Is sleep apnea common?
4 doctor answers • 16 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes: It has been published that it affects 4% of men and 2% of women, but personally, i think it is much higher. Unfortunately, it has been given lower priority than other medical conditions. That is now changing as we are discovering that is is associated with considerable medical and psychiatric morbidity and even mortality.
5.7k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: Not only is it very common, but more concerning is that some studies estimate that upto 90% of those with sleep apnea havent been diagnosed with it yet (they don't know they have it).
5.6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Yes: Most people with it are not diagnosed yet. Published numbers are low, and most authors of studies admit that the number is likely much higher.
Many people snore and "insist" they don't have apnea. Most of them are wrong and unable to diagnose. Even if a spouse says they don't observe a struggle to breathe, a person can have this life threatening condition.
5.4k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
R/O OSA: OSA can be suggested by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL.
3k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 39-year-old member asked:
How common are sleep apnea school problems?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Sleepiness: If a child has proven sleep apnea he/she will have almost irresistible sleepiness in the day and might affect school behavior.
5.8k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 36-year-old female asked:
Is sleep apnea common in epileptics and if so, which type?
2 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Wound care 42 years experience
Sleep apnea: There is little causal relationship between having epilepsy and sleep apnea. Epilepsy usually implies an anatomical or electrical problem in the brain, whereas sleep apnea usually implies an obstructive process of the upper airway.
6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
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