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sleep apnea how do u get this what causes it?

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Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
Condition: Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where the back of the throat closes and prevents breathing. Contributing factors include the structure of the throat which is influenced by how we develop and being over weight. Central sleep apnea is a condition where the brain does not send a signal to the lungs to breath. They are treated differently. See your physician asap if you have this problem.
Answered on Mar 21, 2015
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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
31 years experience Dentistry
Apnea = Suffocation: Like being underwater; unable to breathe. When the co2 in blood gets too high, you blast to surface for a big gasp of air. Osa occurs when airway is blocked during sleep, muscles flaccid/paralyzed. When co2 is too high, brain enters crisis mode, lightens the level of sleep to permit active muscle control and permit a big gasp to replenish o2, then back to deep sleep to do it again. Get osa treated.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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Dr. Ravi Chand
25 years experience Psychiatry
Sleep: Obesity increase in parapharyngeal fatty or soft tissues, tonsils, adenoids, asian people may have structurally smaller airways even if not obese or any race for that matter.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
31 years experience Psychiatry
This describes Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The other type, Central Apnea, can be hereditary or central brain lesions or unknown causes.
Aug 18, 2013

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