Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder. It causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. There are several types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. This type of apnea occurs when the throat muscles intermittently relax and block airway during sleep. A noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.

This occurs when the muscles in the back of throat relax. These muscles support the soft palate, the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate, the tonsils, the side walls of the throat and the tongue. When the muscles relax, airway narrows or closes as you breathe in. When can't get enough air, which can lower the oxygen level in the blood.

 

  • What are the types of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
  • What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
  • What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
  • How Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
  • How Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treated?

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