What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person’s breathing repeatedly stops during sleep. It is more commonly seen in adults, but children suffer from it as well.

It may be caused by an obstruction in the airway, such as enlarged adenoids and tonsils, or the size of the airway, or tongue muscle tone or nasal congestion. Left untreated in children, it can hinder growth and development, and can cause detrimental damage to the heart, brain and other organs.