WebDental

Social network for dentists and dental professionals to share news and ideas.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue, tonsils, or other throat tissue blocks the airway, stopping breathing.Sleep apnea is often misunderstood regarding its risks and possible treatments. Below we will sort out some of the common myths and give you the facts to better understand this misunderstood affliction.

Myth – Sleep Apnea Is Just Snoring.

This is probably the most common myth regarding sleep apnea. In many individuals sleep apnea can be the cause of snoring while sleeping. The real issue with sleep apnea is that it actually causes a person to stop breathing while sleeping up to 400-500 times a night for a duration of 10-20 seconds each time.

Myth – I Snore So I Must Have Sleep Apnea.

In the United States alone anywhere between 25-50% of the population snores at one time or another. Snoring can be caused by a cold, being overweight, or even alcohol use.

Myth – Sleep Apnea Is Not Dangerous.

If left untreated sleep apnea can be life threatening. It affects a person’s sleep as well as their daily activites. Not being fully rested can lead to accidents and injuries. It has also been shown to be linked to heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, and decreased sex drive.

Myth – Sleep Apnea Is Only For Old People.

It is true that sleep apnea is more common in people over age 40 but it can develop at any age. It is estimated that about 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. It can also affect children. The groups most at risk include people over 40 years of age, men, African Americans, Latino’s, and those with a family history.

Myth – Sleeping Pills And Alcohol Will Help You Sleep.

Many try to solve their sleep apnea problem using medications or alcohol. These methods can actually make things worse because the muscles will relax further making it far easier for the airway to become blocked.

Sleep Apnea Conclusion

There are various treatments for sleep apnea including use of  TAP III dental appliance, a CPAP machine (machine that blows a stream of air into the person’s airway in order to keep it open while sleeping), and weight loss programs. The treatment depends on the severity of the sleep apnea which can be assessed during a sleep study. Consult your dentist or physician for the best course of action if you suspect you have sleep apnea.

© 2014, Marielaina Perrone DDS. All rights reserved. Sleep Apnea Causes

Views: 216

Comment

You need to be a member of WebDental to add comments!

Join WebDental

Comment by Dr. Steffany Mohan on April 21, 2014 at 10:20am

Sleep apnea affects a surprisingly large number of people, and being affected usually comes on in middle age, however this is not a hard and fast rule.
Increasing the oxygen to the lungs and creating a slight pressure in the mouth has also had remarkable results.
 
 

WebDental Facebook Fan Page

Latest Activity

Mark Blake commented on Sergio A. Guzman's blog post 3 Tips for Dental Emergencies
"Hi Doctor Thank you for the post, these are very useful tips in case of a dental emergency. To add…"
12 hours ago
Mark Blake and Mark Fischer are now friends
13 hours ago
Mark Blake joined WebDental's group
Thumbnail

Orthodontics

Network, communicate, and post questions regarding treatment for malocclusion.
13 hours ago
Reed Jacobsen posted a blog post
yesterday
Bernard Fialkoff DDS updated their profile
yesterday
Reed Jacobsen posted a video

Dental Marketing Tutorial

Learn the professional techniques that have been proven to increase leads and sales for dental services.
yesterday
Profile IconMazzei Orthodontics and Bernard Fialkoff DDS joined WebDental
yesterday
David Neeble posted a blog post

Reasons Why Adults Should Wear Braces Too

The most common misconception about dental care is that braces can only be work by kids or teens.…See More
yesterday

© 2017   Created by WebDental.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service