Misconceptions about Sleep Apnea
By G. Brooks Haney, DDS on January 14, 2019
Misconceptions about Sleep Apnea
"It's just snoring. I don't want to make a big deal out of it and visit a doctor."
Chronic snoring is a strong indicator of Obstuctive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
When you have OSA, you experience repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses result in the brain not receiving a sufficient amount of oxygen throughout the night. The disruption in breathing during sleep can result in daytime sleepiness and fatigue and can also affect your physical and brain functions.
If OSA is left untreated, patients are at risk for a wide range of symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, depression, irritability, sexual dysfunction, and learning and memory difficulties. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please discuss them with your doctor.
"My doctor told me that wearing a CPAP mask is the only way to treat OSA..."
CPAP, a machine that delivers pressurized air to the upper airway, is known as an effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
In 2015, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine issued a new guideline for OSA treatment and recognized Custom Oral Appliances as an effective alternative to CPAP. Learn how an Oral Appliance can create an open airway to improve the quality of your sleep.
With it's less intrusive nature, it is reported that the adherence rate of Cutom Oral Appliance is greater than that of CPAP. If you are hesitant about or intolerant to CPAP treatment, ask your doctor about alternative options such as Prosomnus Sleep Appliances.
"Sleep Apnea is something that only old men have. There's no chance that I could have it, right?"
In the U.S. alone, it is estimated over 18 million people have symptoms of Obstuctive Sleep Apnea, with many being undiagnosed and untreated. OSA can occur in both men and women of all ages. OSA is even prevalent in children, with the American Academy of Family Physicians reporting that as many as 1 out of 10 children are affected by OSA. Annother common misconception is that you must be overweight or obese to have OSA. In reality, many people who have OSA are physically fit and in good health. Have you ever been told by a partner or friend that you snore regulary? It may be a sign that you have OSA. Don't let it go untreated.
"I'm the one affected by OSA. So if I can put up with it, it's fine right?"
Obstructive Sleep Apnea can affect your partner and family as much as it can affect your personal health. Your partner or family may be suffering from your snoring, daytime sleepiness and fatigue.
There have been many studies that showed treating OSA can positively improve the quality of one's sleep and their personal relationships. Take back your sleep and get back the physical energy to do the things you love, with the people you care about most. If you are experiencing OSA symptoms, talk to your partner tonight and learn more about how together you can take back sleep.
"Sleep Apnea treatment would change my lifestyle completely. I don't think I could sleep normally anymore!"
Starting Sleep Apnea treatment doesn't mean giving up natural sleep. The benefit of Custom Oral Appliances is that you can sleep more naturally before and during sleep compared to using a CPAP machine. you can talk, read or drink water naturally before falling asleep. It also allows you the freedom to sleep on your side or turn over, so you can wake up feeling refreshed and revitalized the next morning. It is compact so you can easily travel with it without being noticed by others.
Don't wait any longer to talk with us if you believe you may have Sleep Apnea. Call us today- 972-644-9595.
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