What is sleep apnea?
While snoring is a common symptom, sleep apnea is much more serious than a simple snore. It is a sleep disorder in which breathing periodically starts and stops during the night, and it can have a serious impact on your health. Sleep apnea has been linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more.
You may have sleep apnea if you experience some of the following:
- Loud, recurring snoring
- Daytime drowsiness or fatigue
- Choking or gasping for air in your sleep
- Neck size greater than 17 inches (for a man)
- Neck size greater than 16 inches (for a woman)
- Stopped breathing during sleep
- Unexplained weight gain/trouble losing weight
- High blood pressure
- Heightened anxiety, depression or emotional issues
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Acid reflux
- History of stroke or heart attack
- Falling asleep during the day when activity is low
You will be attended to by trained anesthesiologists and state-of-the-art monitors that provide sensitive readings of pulse, oxygen levels and blood pressure. Much is done to ensure your safety during procedures and your fast recovery from the sedation.
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