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What is sleep apnea?
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
10 doctors agree
In brief: Closed airway
Sleep apnea is the closure of the airway or significant narrowing of the airway during sleep.
Risk factors include being male, being overweight, having a large neck, being a snorer and having daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea increases your risk of stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure.

In brief: Closed airway
Sleep apnea is the closure of the airway or significant narrowing of the airway during sleep.
Risk factors include being male, being overweight, having a large neck, being a snorer and having daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea increases your risk of stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Stopping breathing
Sleep apnea happens when a person is asleep.
Apnea is not breathing (no effort is made to take a breath), or the inabilitiy to breath due to an obstruction (but efforts are made to breathe). Osa is obstructive sleep apnea, which is the common problem heavy snorers have, where the tongue, throat, & neck tissues relax and come together, blocking off air flow and stopping snoring noises momentarily.

In brief: Stopping breathing
Sleep apnea happens when a person is asleep.
Apnea is not breathing (no effort is made to take a breath), or the inabilitiy to breath due to an obstruction (but efforts are made to breathe). Osa is obstructive sleep apnea, which is the common problem heavy snorers have, where the tongue, throat, & neck tissues relax and come together, blocking off air flow and stopping snoring noises momentarily.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Low blood oxygen
These are typical signs of sleep apnea, a condition which involve periods of ten seconds or more without breathing (apnea) and periods of time with shallow breathing and a significant decrease in blood oxygen levels (hypopnia).
This condition can be diagnosed by a sleep specialist with either an overnight at home sleep test or at a sleep clinic utilizing a full psg.

In brief: Low blood oxygen
These are typical signs of sleep apnea, a condition which involve periods of ten seconds or more without breathing (apnea) and periods of time with shallow breathing and a significant decrease in blood oxygen levels (hypopnia).
This condition can be diagnosed by a sleep specialist with either an overnight at home sleep test or at a sleep clinic utilizing a full psg.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dr. Sal Aragona
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Dr. James Wells
Loud snoring is also often a symptom. While some form of positive air pressure device usually is the definitive treatment, some people benefit from weight loss or even from sewing a tennis ball in a pocket in back of pajamas (causes someone to sleep on side that tends to reduce symptoms of sleep apnea)
Dr. Mike Deldar
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Stop breathing
Waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air, snoring, being tired all the time.

In brief: Stop breathing
Waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air, snoring, being tired all the time.
Dr. Mike Deldar
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Dr. Faye Vargas Morris
Internal Medicine
In brief: Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea- a person has pauses in their breathing while sleeping.
If left untreated, this can lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, etc. 2 types of sleep apnea-obstructive & central. Obstructive-airways are blocked & lead to pauses. Central-the brain doesn't communicate to your muscles to breathe. More: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea

In brief: Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea- a person has pauses in their breathing while sleeping.
If left untreated, this can lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, etc. 2 types of sleep apnea-obstructive & central. Obstructive-airways are blocked & lead to pauses. Central-the brain doesn't communicate to your muscles to breathe. More: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea
Dr. Faye Vargas Morris
Dr. Faye Vargas Morris
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