Welcome back to another blog from the team at Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry! Here at our Fairhope, AL dental practice, we love helping patients live happy, healthy lives! That means helping patients deal with snoring and sleep apnea problems. We offer conservative treatments can allow you or your loved one to sleep better! If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or are simply struggling with some symptoms, this post is for you.
Sleep apnea is actually commonly misunderstood as a harmless affliction. Snoring is NOT normal! If you or your loved one snores loudly or regularly, this could be a sign of a sleep disorder. Today, we would like to clear up some facts about sleep apnea. Knowledge is power! Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.
#1: Sleep apnea can affect anyone.
Everyone has a dad, grandfather, or uncle who snores after Sunday dinner. For many people, snoring is no big deal. However, for other people, snoring can be a serious sign of sleep apnea. What we have to realize though is that it isn’t just uncles and grandpas who get sleep apnea. ANYONE can have sleep apnea! All ages and all genders can experience trouble sleeping due to this affliction.
#2: It often goes undiagnosed.
Because sleep apnea happens when you are, well, sleeping, it often goes unnoticed for a long time! Many people with mild sleep apnea symptoms often go without treatment entirely. We often have to rely on a bed partner to become aware of symptoms before we think to seek treatment. If you or your bed partner snore heavily, regularly, cease breathing during sleep, or have any of the other common signs of sleep apnea, do not wait to ask for help. Our team wants to help you breathe easier.
Common sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Loud snoring
- Abrupt awakenings or cessation of breath
- Irritability or attention problems
- Daytime fatigue
- Morning headaches or dry mouth
#3: Sleep apnea can be life-threatening.
Because sleep apnea oftentimes goes undiagnosed, it is also known for attributing to other life-threatening disease. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, as well as an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Lack of quality sleep puts unnecessary stress on the body. Do not put yourself at any greater risk — get the help you need as soon as you notice there is a problem!
#4: It can be mistaken for another problem altogether.
It is important to consider all of the options when trying to determine why you are not sleep well. However, because of the wide variety of symptoms that are often produced, sleep apnea can be mistaken for other problems. Sometimes people think their problem is only insomnia, or that their attention problems are not related to their sleep troubles. Some people do not realize that snoring is, in fact, NOT normal and should be considered thoroughly.
#5: Sleep apnea can be treated.
Another common myth lots of people have about sleep apnea is that it can’t be treated! That’s simply not true. Sleep apnea is often treated with what is called a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This machine pumps air into the passageways to keep them open at night. OUR team uses oral devices to keep the passageways open as an alternative to bulky, difficult machines. Talk to our team if you think you could benefit from one of our oral appliances.
How To Schedule An Appointment
Do you suffer from sleep apnea? Want to avoid the long-term negative effects? Seek treatment! Our Fairhope, AL dental team would be happy to help you. We can create an oral appliance that will help your airways stay open and allow you to breathe easier. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 251-210-7142 or send a message using our online form. We can help you find a suitable date and time for your visit. We look forward to working with you!