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Sleep Apnea Program

The only sure way to rid yourself of Sleep Apnea for good is to either lose weight or have surgery to remove excess tissue from the palate or throat. CPAP and oral appliances work well, but they’re not cures for sleep apnea. Surgery can have side effects, which is why it’s usually viewed as a last resort.

The most common form of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the throat relax and block a person’s airway. This is also the form of this condition that is most common among those who are overweight or obese.

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Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Doctors usually can't detect the condition during routine office visits. Also, no blood test can help diagnose the condition. Most people who have sleep apnea don't know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. This causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses. When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone. For example, small children who have enlarged tonsil tissues in their throats may have obstructive sleep apnea.

Statistics

  • It is estimated that approximately eighteen million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. According to the National Sleep Association, more African-American and Hispanic men are diagnosed with this medical condition than women and other individuals of different races and ethnicities.
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