SLEEP APNEA MISINFORMATION
You don’t have to be an elderly, overweight male to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Unfortunately, genetics don’t discriminate, and if you are genetically predisposed to this condition, then you can be thin and fit and still suffer disrupted sleep. The stereotype of OSA only affecting a certain type of person is just one of many that abound. To ensure you don’t miss a serious problem because of misinformation, here are a few of the most common myths about OSA, debunked. Myth: Obstructive sleep apnea is no big deal; it’s just snoring. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, that means you fully stop breathing up to 400 times a night. Your breath can stop for as long as 30 seconds and is likely followed by a snort as your body tries to replenish its oxygen supply. These snorts can be violent enough to disrupt your sleep cycle and leave you worn out and tired the
next day. In fact, worse than just leaving you tired, sleep deprivation associated with OSA has been linked to increased risk for car accidents, heart attacks, and strokes. Myth: Only old and overweight people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. While sleep apnea is more common in people over the age of 40, it is caused by genetic predisposition and can affect people of all ages. In fact, according to WebMD, as many as 10% of children are affected by OSA! Myth: Obstructive sleep apnea requires surgery. While some people get relief from OSA by getting surgery, it isn’t the best option for everyone. Some people use a CPAP machine, but they are a noisy and cumbersome option. Dr. Alborzi specializes in custom-fit mouthpieces designed to keep
airways open and prevent disrupted sleep. Avoid the pain and suffering of a CPAP or surgery, and give us a call today to see how Dr. Alborzi can help!
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