The topic of sleep apnea is often met with a frightening premise. Most people do not have access to the helpful information that will alleviate their fears about sleep apnea and its symptoms. In truth, sleep apnea or OSA have a lot of available information that the public can benefit from. Our dentists decipher the misconceptions about sleep apnea and provide information about sleep apnea symptoms and treatment.
Snoring Does Not Equal Sleep Apnea
The only information that patients have had for a long time tells them that snoring is one of the major symptoms of sleep apnea. While this is true, this does not mean that all snoring leads to sleep apnea. Research has improved over the years and patients are now given more accurate information regarding the signs of OSA. People with sleep apnea typically stop breathing several times throughout the night, which does lead to the sounds of snoring, but also provide more dangerous circumstances. If your snoring is paired with daytime fatigue, you may have sleep apnea.
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Sleep Apnea Affects People of All Ages
Another misconception about sleep apnea is that only elderly citizens can contract the disorder. In reality, sleep apnea is common among people of all ages. Even children can be diagnosed with OSA. It is important to recognize the symptoms of sleep apnea as it can be a very dangerous disorder.
Sleep Apnea Affects Dental Health
Sleep apnea is dangerous for several reasons, including breathing, sleep patterns, and circadian rhythms. But there is also a dangerous dental component involved. Dentists have noticed that individuals with sleep apnea can experience more decay in their teeth due to dry breathing. Breathing with an open mouth dries the mouth and prevents saliva from being formed, and therefore no saliva is available to wash away and protect the mouth from harmful bacteria in the air. Harmful bacteria cause the buildup of plaque and tartar – and give you bad breath!
Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Consultation Today
By discovering these misconceptions about sleep apnea, you may now want to reevaluate your symptoms and find out more information about a diagnosis. Reach out to our L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts sleep apnea specialists or give us a call at 202-488-8300 to schedule a consultation. Our Washington, DC dentists can help you determine if you have OSA and what further steps you can take to educate and treat yourself.