Columbia, Maryland
11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy , #207 A
Columbia, MD 21044
410-997-7412

5 Sleep Apnea Myths Debunked October 10, 2017

Columbia, Howard
5 Sleep Apnea Myths Debunked, Columbia, Maryland

If you're feeling tired during the day or keeping your partner awake at night with your snoring, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. This condition causes restricted breathing during sleep, and it might cause you to stop breathing entirely for short periods. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about the condition, which may have prevented you from getting the treatment you need. Read on to have these myths cleared up and learn the truth.

5 Misperceptions About Sleep Apnea

1. It Isn't Serious

Unfortunately, this condition can do much more than just make you snore. In the short term, it causes insomnia and daytime drowsiness, which can interfere with your daily tasks. In the long term, sleep apnea increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and heart attacks.

2. Only People Who Are Overweight Have Sleep Apnea

While weight is a risk factor for developing sleep apnea, there are plenty of thin patients who also suffer from the disease. The underlying issue isn't fat—it's weakness in the muscles of your tongue and throat, which can affect anyone.

3. It Only Develops With Age

Sleep ApneaWhile sleep apnea is usually associated with adults, as many as one in 10 children could have mild symptoms of the condition. Generally, it will improve as the child gets older.

4. Treatment Isn't Worth It

Many patients are intimidated by the idea of wearing breathing apparatus every night. However, the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is easy to incorporate into your nightly routine. Depending on your individual needs, you may not even need a full mask—sometimes, a lightweight breathing tube is enough.

5. There Is Only One Treatment Option

In many cases, surgical intervention can end sleep apnea symptoms. Your dentist can also provide a mouth guard to wear as you sleep, which will help guide your tongue forward in your mouth to keep your airway open. Your doctor and dentist will work with you to determine which treatments will suit your needs.

 

Sleep apnea can have a dramatic effect on your life, but with the help of your health care providers, you can manage or eliminate symptoms. If you think you may have this condition, turn to Rajendra Desai, DDS PA, in Columbia, MD. Dr. Desai's practice provides a full range of services, from dental implants to treatments for sleep apnea and TMJ. To schedule an appointment, call (410) 997-7412 or request one online today.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Rajendra Desai, D.D.S. P.A.
What to Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure, Columbia, Maryland
If you’ve been thinking about getting a dental implant to replace a damaged tooth, but you’re intimidated by the thought of the procedure, you’re not alone. A dental implant is a min...read more
4 Ways Dentures Can Improve Your Life, Columbia, Maryland
It’s not hard for teeth to suffer damage over the years, whether from sudden accidents or gradual wear and tear. If you are a mature adult or a victim of oral trauma, ...read more
4 Reasons to Consider Dental Veneers, Columbia, Maryland
Are you unhappy with the look of your smile due to a damaged or uneven tooth? If so, dental veneers are the perfect solution. These porcelain plates are applied directly to teet...read more
3 Tips to Relieve TMJ Symptoms, Columbia, Maryland
TMJ, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, can be excruciating. Those suffering from this condition often find that eating, speaking, and other jaw movements cause immense ...read more