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What causes you to get sleep apnea?

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Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
10 doctors agree

In brief: Not just weight

Anatomy is king. Obstructive sleep apnea happens in a small airway "box".
The airway can be small if what's in it takes up space or if the box is smaller. Weight gain increases tongue size and the thickness of the side walls of the throat. Tonsils may be large. Small jaw size, often inherited , will increase the risk of osa . Low muscle tone is also a factor.

In brief: Not just weight

Anatomy is king. Obstructive sleep apnea happens in a small airway "box".
The airway can be small if what's in it takes up space or if the box is smaller. Weight gain increases tongue size and the thickness of the side walls of the throat. Tonsils may be large. Small jaw size, often inherited , will increase the risk of osa . Low muscle tone is also a factor.
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
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Dr. Debra Carter-Miller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Debra Carter-Miller
Dr. Debra Carter-Miller
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Dr. Mark Birnbach
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea can develop for many reasons: allergies, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, deviated septum, being over weight, sleeping on one's back, orthodontic treatment that includes extraction of teeth causes crowding of the arches and tongue, alcohol, medications are just some of the factors that can play a role in developing sleep apnea.

In brief: Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea can develop for many reasons: allergies, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, deviated septum, being over weight, sleeping on one's back, orthodontic treatment that includes extraction of teeth causes crowding of the arches and tongue, alcohol, medications are just some of the factors that can play a role in developing sleep apnea.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Dr. Mark Birnbach
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