Sleep apnea is a life-threatening illness that can lead to heath problems such diabetes, weight gain, heart disease and stroke. Unfortunately, due to its broad range of symptoms sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Here are a three truths about sleep apnea:
1. Symptoms vary-- a lot.
While snoring is a common symptom, it is not necessarily noted by each sufferer. Many patients are likely to describe what leads physicians to think they are suffering from depression. For example, a patient might report a lack of motivation, trouble concentrating and trouble falling asleep at night.
2. CPAP is not the only solution.
In recent years, more and more dentists have taken on the specialty of sleep apnea. This is because the jaw has a direct effect the airway's ability to function properly. The jaw needs to be wide enough to accommodate the tongue so that the airway stays clear at night and you can breathe through your nose properly. Non-invasive treatment allows us to reshape the jaw so that your body can function at it's intended pace.
3. Anyone can develop sleep apnea.
Historically, sleep apnea was commonly found in older, overweight males. The profile only varied slightly and almost always included frequent, loud snoring. But due to new science, we have expanded our ability to understand the disease and the rage of people who might suffer from it. Women and people at an average weight may be just as susceptible.
If you have more questions about sleep apnea or would like to schedule a treatment consultation, please call the location near you:
Little Rock: (501) 224-2333
North Little Rock: (501) 753-7366