There are many myths out there about sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a very serious sleep disorder, and if you have it, you need to seek sleep apnea treatment in Overland Park. Sleep apnea is incredibly common, and because of this, there are many myths and misconceptions about it. Unfortunately, believing some of those myths can be dangerous, but luckily, our expert dentist is here to help you learn the truth. The following is a list of a few of the most common myths about sleep apnea:

Myth #1. Snoring and sleep apnea are the same thing.

Snoring is the most common SIGN of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a much more dangerous problem than the occasional snoring episode caused by a cold or congestion. Sleep apnea actually causes the sufferers to stop breathing and this can occur hundreds of times in a single night and chronic. Loud snoring is an indicator of difficulty with breathing during sleep.

Myth #2. Sleep apnea is a mere inconvenience. 

Many people don’t think that sleep apnea is really a big deal, but the fact is that disruptions in sleep can lead to very negative consequences and even death. Sleep apnea that has been left untreated has been linked to car accidents, on-the-job injuries, strokes and even heart attacks. Here’s an interesting article about the possible consequence of sleep apnea : Washington Post’s Did Sleep Apnea Contribute to Justice Scalia’s Death?

Myth #3. Sleep apnea only affects older and overweight people. 

An estimated 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and while it’s true that it is more common in people who are 40 and older and those who are overweight,  it can and has affected people of all ages and sizes. Even children can suffer from sleep apnea. In fact, one in 10 kids suffer from sleep apnea. It is not just the size of your neck, but the architecture of your mouth and throat greatly affects your airway and how well you breathe when you sleep.

Do you think you may suffer from sleep apnea? If so, you need to schedule your sleep consultation so that you can discuss sleep apnea treatment with James Otten Dentistry today!