Doctor James Ross on the causes of Sleep Apnea
Some of the causes of sleep apnea are physiological, just the way a person’s anatomy is. Sometimes it can be weight, tongue size, can be a small arch that just blocks air from the airway. I see some people in the office where their jaw’s retrognathic, which means the jaws back a little bit, and they’re more prone to having it. I have a lot of patients that are professional athletes, and some are just athletes, and they work out a lot, and they have large necks. We see a high proportion of those with sleep apnea. We also see a proportion … I have a patient of mine that’s a cardiovascular surgeon. He mentioned to me that 80% or so of his patients are sleep apnea patients. He’ll take care of the cardiac problem, but what caused the cardiac problem was the sleep apnea. It has a number of different causes, but it’s really just closing off the airway, so you don’t have oxygen, and then your oxygen blood saturation is low, and that’s what carries the oxygen to the organs.