Ear, Nose & Throat - Otolaryngology

ear, nose & throat - otolaryngology

Sleep-disordered Breathing

Sleep-disordered breathing is a recognized health-risk that effects up to five percent of the male and three percent of the female population in the United States. If left untreated, sleep-disordered breathing results in higher rates of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, increased numbers of automobile accidents, and reduced quality of life. Since sleep-disordered breathing becomes more common with increasing age and weight, the prevalence of the disorder is expected to increase in the United States as the population becomes older and more overweight.Although milder forms of sleep-disordered breathing such as snoring and upper airway resistance syndrome do not have the same health consequences as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, these milder disorders affect up to 30 percent of the adult population and often result in reduced quality of sleep for sufferers and their bed partners. Since snoring is often the first and foremost sign of sleep-disordered breathing, ENT surgeons are often the first specialists consulted for management of the disorder


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