No one is perfectly quiet when they sleep. But if you are snoring badly almost every night, that could very well mean you have sleep apnea. This condition does a lot more than rob you of your rest. It can lead to health problems like heart disease and high blood pressure.
That’s why you need to call us today at 507-315-2932 and schedule an appointment for sleep apnea treatment. Our dentists are very experienced in treating sleep apnea, and they know how to screen for it to see if you really do need that treatment.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that stop you from getting a good night’s sleep because you stop breathing. The most common version is called obstructive sleep apnea, and it’s when the muscles in your throat end up choking you while you sleep. Here’s how that happens:
- When you fall asleep, your throat muscles relax so much that they don’t support themselves.
- Their weight pushes down on your windpipe, making you snore badly.
- Soon, your windpipe shuts completely and you cannot breathe.
- You start to wake up since you’re not breathing, but as soon as you start, your throat muscles tighten back up.
- This opens up your windpipe so you can breathe again.
This means you never fully wake up, so you fall back asleep and go through this cycle a few hundred times each night. That’s why sleep apnea is such a problem — you never get a good night’s sleep like your body and mind need.
Sleep Apnea Myths And Truths
Because sleep apnea is not well-known, there are a lot of myth about it. Here are several of the more common myths and the truth for each.
Myth: Sleep apnea is just some lost sleep, so it’s no big deal.
TRUTH: Untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous.
Some people don’t worry but missing sleep. They think they can make it up on the weekend or just have some extra coffee the next day. But with sleep apnea, you’re almost never getting the right amount of sleep. This can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, a weaker immune system, chronic depression, and even car accidents because you can’t focus.
Myth: The only way to treat sleep apnea is with a CPAP machine.
TRUTH: A dental appliance helps many people finally get the sleep they need.
A common treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. This machine gently pumps air through a hose connected to a mask. You wear this at night, and the air pressure helps keep your airway open you so don’t stop breathing. While effective, this is not the only sleep apnea treatment. At our Rochester, MN dental office, you can get a dental appliance that can help keep your airway open at night.
Myth: If you don’t snore all the time, then you cannot have sleep apnea.
TRUTH: Snoring is not the only sign that you have sleep apnea.
It’s definitely true that chronic snoring probably means you have sleep apnea, but the opposite it not true. Just because you don’t snore a lot doesn’t mean you’re free from sleep apnea. Other signs include unexplained weight gain, chronic fatigue, irritability, and waking in the morning feeling tired and exhausted.
Myth: Sleep apnea only affects overweight men.
TRUTH: Any size and gender can get sleep apnea.
There are several factors that make you more likely to get sleep apnea. Being male, overweight, or older are all such factors. That makes some people believe that you cannot get sleep apnea with bout being all that. However, that is not the case. Sleep apnea can hit anyone, no matter their gender, weight, or age. Even a young, thin woman can suffer from it.
Call us TODAY at 507-315-2932 or use our online form to schedule your next appointment for sleep apnea treatment. You can get screening to determine if your snoring really is sleep apnea. If it is, our dentists have the training needed to use a dental appliance to help you finally get the sleep your body and mind need.