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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder where the sufferer experiences sudden and sometimes multiple interruptions in breathing while sleeping. These interruptions are known as apneas and might last for a few seconds to even minutes throughout the night. There can be multiple factors behind developing sleep apnea, some of which include obesity, tonsillitis or a condition where the brain cannot effectively send signals to your lungs to keep breathing properly. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, do not ignore it and visit the best ENT doctor in Kolkata for a thorough checkup immediately.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): This happens due to a temporary blockage in the airway, usually due to the collapse or closing of the soft tissues at the back of the throat.
  2. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): This happens when the brian fails to send  proper signals to your muscles to help in breathing.
  3. Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome: This type of apnea is a Combination of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

If you or any of your loved ones are experiencing these symptoms, make sure to visit the best ENT specialist or the best ENT surgeon in Kolkata immediately:

  1. Loud Snoring: Continuous and long snores are one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea.
  2. Pauses in Breathing: The patient or their loved ones might notice the sudden bouts of interrupted breathing episodes in them during sleep.
  3. Excessive Daytime Sleepiness: Since sleep gets disrupted during night, sufferers might experience sleepiness throughout the day.
  4. Morning Headaches: sufferers might experience morning headaches.
  5. Difficulty Concentrating: Cognitive impairments, poor memory and lack of focus are also some of the symptoms experienced by those who have sleep apnea.

Treatment Options:

  1. Weight loss
  2. Positional therapy
  3. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  4. Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP):
  5. Oral Appliances
  6. Surgery
  7. Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV)


Sleep apnea can be a debilitating condition for sufferers and deteriorate overall quality of life. However, it can be managed or cured with the right diagnosis and treatment. Visit RD  ENT CENTRE today and get a thorough checkup.

Do not take your health for granted and take the right step towards a long and healthy life today.