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Can sleep apnea just start happen if u never had the problem be4 or r u born with it?Just want to no all the info i can get

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Dr. Devang Patel
Family Medicine
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In brief: Yes and no

Sleep apnea can happen after severe nasal trauma if it causes an airway obstruction.
Most of the time, it is because of any airway obstruction. There are certain risk factors. If you are concerned about it, you should first take the epworth sleepiness scale. Also, you can see a sleep specialist and/or get a sleep study. http://www.somnowell.com/online-tests/epworth-sleepiness-scale.

In brief: Yes and no

Sleep apnea can happen after severe nasal trauma if it causes an airway obstruction.
Most of the time, it is because of any airway obstruction. There are certain risk factors. If you are concerned about it, you should first take the epworth sleepiness scale. Also, you can see a sleep specialist and/or get a sleep study. http://www.somnowell.com/online-tests/epworth-sleepiness-scale.
Dr. Devang Patel
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Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine
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In brief: Linked to thick neck

If you are overweight or have a "thick neck, " usually 17" in circumference, you have a greater risk of sleep apnea.
As the tissue in the back of the throat relaxes during sleep, it blocks the airway - and, as a result, your oxygen level drops. People then "snort" themselves awake, as the body doesn't like the lower oxygen level. The condition is diagnosed with a sleep study, and can be treated!

In brief: Linked to thick neck

If you are overweight or have a "thick neck, " usually 17" in circumference, you have a greater risk of sleep apnea.
As the tissue in the back of the throat relaxes during sleep, it blocks the airway - and, as a result, your oxygen level drops. People then "snort" themselves awake, as the body doesn't like the lower oxygen level. The condition is diagnosed with a sleep study, and can be treated!
Dr. Linda Gromko
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Dr. William Byars
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes, can be acquired

In my patient population , sleep apnea most often occurs following the development of a certain level of obesity.
The degree of excess weight required varies depending on throat anatomy. But sometimes it is unrelated to body weight, and results from anatomical variations of the throat, such as large tonsils or jaw anomalies.

In brief: Yes, can be acquired

In my patient population , sleep apnea most often occurs following the development of a certain level of obesity.
The degree of excess weight required varies depending on throat anatomy. But sometimes it is unrelated to body weight, and results from anatomical variations of the throat, such as large tonsils or jaw anomalies.
Dr. William Byars
Dr. William Byars
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