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A 18-year-old female asked:

what is meant by sleep apnea? and the symptoms?

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Dr. Russell Lieblick
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Reduced breathing: Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing while you are asleep. This results in waking up at night many times over and/or having reduced blood oxygen levels. The primary symptom is sleepiness called "excessive daytime somnolence." you can take a simple questionairre here: http://www.Umm.Edu/sleep/epworth_sleep.Htm if you believe that you have sleep apnea, see a sleep specialist right away.
Dr. David Drewitz
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Stop breathing...: Sleep apnea refers to the cessation of breathing during sleep. When this happens oxygen saturation in the blood goes down and eventually breathing resumes. This results in interrupted sleep and feeling tired throughout the day. More concerning however is the increased risk of pulmonary hypertension which can be fatal. Obesity is a risk factor for this potentially lethal disorder.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What causes you to get sleep apnea?

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Dr. Debra Carter-Miller
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Sleep Apnea: 2 types of sleep apnea exist:obstructive and central. Obstructive type more common, is related to weight, crowded throat and neck size. Snoring is common, but can be difficult to recognize. Heart, bp, lung, sleep, brain..Many problems can occur. But, 10% decrease in weight can produce 50% decrease in symptoms.Fatigue, restless legs and difficult weight loss are common, also. Great treatments exist.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Has there been any link found between sleep apnea and seizures?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Apnea can increase the rate of seizure activity.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the factors that contribute to sleep apnea?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Obesity is number 1: Obesity is the number 1 risk factor. A BMI over 30 increases risk. Male gender. Increasing age. Snoring with excessive sleepiness during the day.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can sleep apnea become a chronic condition?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: By definition sleep apnea is a chronic medical condition. The only mechanism by which it "goes away" is with CPAP (used nightly), surgery, (mouth guard used nightly) and/or weight loss.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are sleep apnea doctors called?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
MDs: Several specialist take care of sleep apnea 1) pulmonary specialists 2) ear, nose, and throat specialist 3) neurologists and several others.
Dr. H. Michael Lambert
Retinal Surgery 44 years experience
Look for a sleep apnea clinic. Many cities have specialists in this disorder with diagnostic facilities available.
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