5 Myths You Need to Avoid About Sleep Apnea

Being a holistic dental office, at LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania we deal with dental issues that affect your entire body. That means by fixing what’s going on in your mouth, we can also make you healthier! And that’s why our Collegeville and Williamsport dental offices have put a huge amount of focus into helping patients with their sleep issues.

Sleep is maybe one of the most important things we do, but there is an alarming number of Americans struggling with untreated sleep issues. Some dental offices, like LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania, can provide relief for patients with sleep apnea. There are two forms of sleep apnea — obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Today, we want to display some of the biggest myths about sleep apnea. Take note of these myths to find the truth about how sleep apnea can affect your health.

  1. I don’t snore, so I do not have sleep apnea. MYTH. Snoring is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea. But it’s not a guarantee that you have sleep apnea if you snore. It’s also not a guarantee that you don’t have sleep apnea if you don’t snore. Sleep apnea is a complicated problem, and there is more to it than simple snoring. Patients with sleep apnea experience pauses in breathing during sleep. This often causes them to suddenly wake up gasping for air. Some patients will wake up gasping for air as often as 10 times an hour.
  2. Only old people have sleep apnea. MYTH. Males older than 50 are more likely to have sleep apnea than any other age group or gender. That’s probably no surprise to you. About 50 percent of adults older than 65 have some type of chronic sleep issue. But this problem can strike at any age — from young to old. About 3 percent of children in America suffer from sleep apnea.
  3. Sleep apnea isn’t life-threatening. MYTH. We’ve already established that sleep apnea is more than simple snoring. When you experience pauses in breathing, that’s a serious problem. If you’re a football fan, you might remember that Hall of Famers Reggie White died from complications with sleep apnea. Additionally, sleep apnea also increases your risk of serious problems like heart disease or stroke.
  4. Sleep apnea cannot affect you during the night. MYTH. There are many side effects of sleep apnea, like daytime fatigue and morning headaches. Because people with sleep apnea wake up multiple times a night, they often experience daytime drowsiness. That may not seem like a problem, but it can quickly turn into one. We’ve read studies where patients with sleep apnea have fallen asleep throughout the day — even while driving!
  5. Sleep apnea can only be treated with CPAP. MYTH. For years, the most common way to treat sleep apnea was with a CPAP machine. This machine continuously pushes air into the airways and is to be worn throughout the entire night. As you can imagine — or perhaps have experienced first-hand — a CPAP machine can be uncomfortable and cumbersome. That’s probably why the treatment has just a 50 percent compliance rate. There’s a more convenient way to resolve your sleep apnea problems. Our office can craft a comfortable appliance for you to wear at night. The appliance positions the jawbone into a more appropriate location, keeping the airway open while you sleep. The oral appliance is ideal for patients who have mild to severe obstructive sleep apnea.

You can feel better by going correcting your sleep apnea issues. Call our Collegeville dental office at 610-228-4366 or Williamsport dental office at 570-505-6908 to set up your sleep apnea consultation today!

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Dr. David DiGiallorenzo received his training at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis in the early 1990s. His training included prosthodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, and advanced oral reconstructive techniques, including oral implantology.

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