Medical Specialties

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

What is it? Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing for a few seconds while sleeping and then wake up gasping for breath. This condition makes it hard for sleep apnea sufferers to get a good night of deep, refreshing sleep. Some symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring, restlessness, pauses in breathing, frequent waking up at night and being tired during the day.

What causes it? The most common causes of sleep apnea are enlarged tonsils and obesity.

How is it treated? Treatments may include surgery to remove tonsils, use of continuous positive airway pressure ventilation (CPAP) while sleeping, and a weight loss plan if needed.

What if it is not treated? People with sleep apnea often feel unrested during the day, which can affect their concentration and daytime performance. Children may not pay attention, fall asleep and have difficulty learning in school.

Contact

Phone: (602) 933-0677
Fax: (602) 933-0610
Email: care@phoenixchildrens.com

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