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Define mild sleep apnea?

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Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management
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In brief: Gasping for air

Sleep apnea is defined as complete (apnea) or partial obstruction (hypopnia) of the airway during sleep.
Typical signs and symptoms are snoring, wake up gasping for air, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Diagnosis is made by a sleep study (polysomnogram) and the main parameter of diagnosis is ahi (apnea-hypopnea index). Mild sleep apnea ranges from 5-10 ahi.

In brief: Gasping for air

Sleep apnea is defined as complete (apnea) or partial obstruction (hypopnia) of the airway during sleep.
Typical signs and symptoms are snoring, wake up gasping for air, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Diagnosis is made by a sleep study (polysomnogram) and the main parameter of diagnosis is ahi (apnea-hypopnea index). Mild sleep apnea ranges from 5-10 ahi.
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Dr. Steven Bender
Just to clarify The AHI is the number oof apneas and hypopneas per hour of sleep. Mild is 5-15, moderate is 16-30, and severe is above 30 per hour.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
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In brief: Time reduced oxygen

Apnea refers to the lack of breathing during sleep.
This causes a reduction of oxygen in the blood. Mild apnea shows a lesser reduction in oxygen for a shorter time period than moderate or severe apnea. The greater the oxygen reduction over extended time periods, the greater the risks associated its apnea.

In brief: Time reduced oxygen

Apnea refers to the lack of breathing during sleep.
This causes a reduction of oxygen in the blood. Mild apnea shows a lesser reduction in oxygen for a shorter time period than moderate or severe apnea. The greater the oxygen reduction over extended time periods, the greater the risks associated its apnea.
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Dr. Bashar Brijawi
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

In brief: 5-14.9 times an hour

stop breathing between 5 to 14.
9 times an hours is mild a sleep apnea, the stopped or decreased breathing ( hypopnea) should be at least for 10 seconds . However, the mild sleep apnea does not mean the Patient has only mild symptoms, some Patients with mild OSA have severe daytime sleepiness and snoring.

In brief: 5-14.9 times an hour

stop breathing between 5 to 14.
9 times an hours is mild a sleep apnea, the stopped or decreased breathing ( hypopnea) should be at least for 10 seconds . However, the mild sleep apnea does not mean the Patient has only mild symptoms, some Patients with mild OSA have severe daytime sleepiness and snoring.
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Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry

In brief: Sleep

If you apnea hyponea index is between 5 and 15 it is mild sleep apnea 15 to 30 is moderate > 30 is severe.

In brief: Sleep

If you apnea hyponea index is between 5 and 15 it is mild sleep apnea 15 to 30 is moderate > 30 is severe.
Dr. Ravi Chand
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