Catching Zzz’s: 3 Myths About Sleep Apnea
- Posted on: Oct 15 2017
Your husband or wife has started to snore incessantly, and you’re worried they are going to wake up the neighbors. So you go online to start Googling their symptoms and discover that they likely have sleep apnea. However, although you may find some valuable information on this sleep condition, you may end up feeling a bit more confused than informed. To help you gain a better understanding of this unique sleep disorder, we have debunked three common myths.
Myth #1: It Only Impacts Adults
One common myth about snoring is that it only inflicts adults. However, children can also get it. So, even though your adult spouse might be snoring up a storm because of sleep apnea, keep a watchful eye on your children and grandchildren as well— what may be perceived as cute snoring, could be obstructive sleep apnea.
Myth #2: It Requires Surgery
Another myth about sleep apnea is that surgery is the only way to cure it. However, before we typically even consider surgery, we encourage our patients to try less invasive procedures like wearing a CPAP machine to bed every night. Often, our patients can increase their breathing, reduce their snoring, and find overall relief without having to get surgery.
Myth #3: It’s Fine, It’s Just Snoring
Snoring itself isn’t usually harmful, but when it starts to interfere with your breathing and your ability to get a solid night’s sleep, then it is. Sleep apnea exhibits itself through symptoms such as loud snoring, but that snoring is caused when you stop breathing for a few seconds or even minutes at a time— reducing the oxygen flow to your heart and brain in the process. If left untreated, sleep apnea may increase your chances of heart failure or a stroke.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that’s more than an annoyance to those in your house. Luckily, with the help of our staff at Baltimore Periodontics, you and your family can sleep better and rest easy that your loved one is healthy. If you or your loved one is concerned about sleep apnea, contact Baltimore Periodontics today to schedule an appointment with our staff!
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