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do lots of people get obstructive sleep apnea, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Strahil Atanasov
Sleep Medicine 38 years experience
Lots of people do: 24% of men and 9% of women 30-60 years of age in the USA will qualify for OSA if allcomers are studied by an overnight sleep study. If only people who complain of daytime sleepiness are included, then the number drops precipitously to: 4% of men and 2% of women. Still, a pretty high prevalence, isn't it?
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Very common: Obstructive sleep apnea is quite common.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Much more common: Sleep apnea seems to be a lot more prevalent now due to environmental polliutants, poor nutrition, and other variables.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Obstract sleep apnea: It may affect 10% of the population, tends to occur between the ages of 40 and 60, and affects more males than females. Two-thirds of patients with OSA are overweight and fatty infiltration of the neck and tongue may also contribute to airway obstruction during sleep. Interestingly, most patients with OSA are not aware of the problem despite being exhausted on awakening.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Very common: I see it very often in my oral surgery practice. Has an impact on safely sedating orals surgery patients.

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