What Is Sleep Apnea?

What Is Sleep Apnea? by Hunt Valley, MD Dentist Dr. Joel Nathanson.

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What Is Sleep Apnea?

Probably the most well-known one is what’s called excessive daytime sleepiness. There’s actually a questionnaire that we administer to patients called the Epworth Sleepiness Scale that has a patient gauge how tired they are when they do certain activities– waiting at a traffic light, sitting watching TV, how they feel after having a large meal, something like that.

So daytime sleepiness is a sign that a person may not be breathing properly when they sleep. Certain medical conditions accompany sleep apnea– high blood pressure, diabetes. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, and you snore, you almost certainly have sleep apnea. So those are things that we look for when trying to see whether a person might be a candidate for sleep apnea treatment.