Facts about Sleep Apnea

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People with undiagnosed sleep apnea have a higher incidence of obesity, heart conditions, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke and snoring. We're providing you with a solution through our APP-NEA treatment network, where you can find certified providers who can help you or a loved one with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you've been diagnosed with OSA, click here to search our Find a Provider network for a sleep dentist. If you're not sure if you have OSA, you can review the educational information on this page and visit our Find a Provider network to set an appointment with a sleep physician. Take action now, and you'll be one step closer to better sleep and improved health.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

The National Sleep Foundation shares that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – an often-undiagnosed sleeping disorder – creates pauses in a person’s breathing that lead to snoring and restless nights. That resulting decrease in sleep quantity and quality that can effect your overall health and day-to-day activities.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs during sleep when muscles relax, including those that control the tongue and throat.  Snoring is often a symptom of OSA caused by changes in your upper airway while you sleep. Your soft tissue may vibrate (commonly known as snoring) or it may completely collapse causing you to stop breathing. The soft tissue at the back of throat can sag, narrowing and constricting the airway. Collapsing of the soft tissue is called an Obstructive Apnea and may last for 10 seconds or more and occur throughout the night.

How Does an Obstruction Happen

Normal airway

When you have a normal airway, air flows unobstructed, allowing you to breathe easily and with no interruptions.

Obstructed airway

An airway can become obstructed due to gravity and relaxation of muscles, causing the soft tissue in the throat to interrupt your breathing while asleep.

How Does one treat an Obstruction

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

CPAP machines pressurizes air into your airway through a mask worn over your nose - or sometimes over your nose and mouth - keeping the airway open and preventing a collapse.

Oral appliance therapy

An oral appliance is worn in your mouth and custom fitted by a sleep dentist. The appliance is positioned to move your lower jaw forward, comfortably keeping your airway unobstructed so you can breathe easily.

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Do You Have Any Of These Symptoms?

If you or a loved one have OSA or display a combination of the symptoms listed, treatment is essential. Simply take our Apnea Risk Evaluation Screening tests below, and use our Find a Provider directory to find an APP-NEA recommended sleep physician or dentist near you.



Restless Sleep

Interrupted Sleep

Witnessed Apneas (stopping of breathing during sleep followed by gasping of breath)

Risk factors





Daytime tiredness

Observed Apneas (pause in breathing during sleep)

Recent Heart Attack

For a full list of symptons and risk factors, click here.

How Does Utreated Sleep Apnea Affect Your Body

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Are you at risk for sleep apnea?

Now, you can conduct your own self-screening exam using the sleep apnea screening tool below. Find out if you are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

After completing either sleep apnea screening questionnaires, you will receive the results via email so you may print or view on your mobile device in order to discuss treatment options with your healthcare provider.

How sleep deprived are you?


What's your risk for sleep apnea?


Get tips on talking to your doctor about sleep apnea

Talking to your physician about obstructive sleep apnea doesn't have to be hard. Undiagnosed sleep apnea is an serious medical condition that the medical community is actively working to solve, as it leads to an increase in other complicated medical conditions.

Click below for tips on how to initiate the sleep apnea conversation with your physician.


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1 Benjafield AV, Ayas NT, Eastwood PR, et al. Estimation of the global prevalence and burden of obstructive sleep apnoea: a literature-based analysis. Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7(8):687‐698. doi:10.1016/S2213-2600(19)30198-5.