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

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Strahil Atanasov
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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?

In brief: 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. Strahil Atanasov
Dr. Strahil Atanasov
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Very common

Obstructive sleep apnea is quite common.

In brief: Very common

Obstructive sleep apnea is quite common.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Much more common

Sleep apnea seems to be a lot more prevalent now due to environmental polliutants, poor nutrition, and other variables.

In brief: Much more common

Sleep apnea seems to be a lot more prevalent now due to environmental polliutants, poor nutrition, and other variables.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Very common

I see it very often in my oral surgery practice.
Has an impact on safely sedating orals surgery patients.

In brief: Very common

I see it very often in my oral surgery practice.
Has an impact on safely sedating orals surgery patients.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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