Separating Fact From Fiction About Sleep Apnea [BLOG]

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Occasional snoring isn’t something to fuss about.

You could snore once in a while because you’re just worn out from all the overtime at work, or because you drank a little too much at your friend’s birthday party.

When your snoring happens each and every night, then you need to take a closer look at what’s causing it.

At Tieken Smiles, we specialize in helping patients who snore find out if sleep apnea is behind it, then we help them find solutions!

Keep reading to find out more about this condition and how we can help you in League City, TX!

Sleep Apnea Isn’t Just A Snoring Problem

If you snore loudly, you may just dismiss it as an annoying problem.

That might be the case, unless your snoring is being caused by sleep apnea.

This is a disruptive condition, the effects of which can have profound consequences to your quality of life and your health overall.

What happens during the night for a sleep apnea sufferer is that your airway will become blocked, forcing your body to jolt awake and fight to start breathing again, and you fall back asleep once your breathing goes back to normal.

Might not sound all that eventful, but if you’re aware of these episodes as they occur, it’s a terrifying experience. It’s also something that happens over and over and over, which is why sleep apnea sufferers wake up feeling exhausted and stay exhausted all day, every single day.

Sleep Apnea: Fact Or Fiction?

Let’s see how much you know, or don’t know, with some of these claims about sleep apnea!

Sleep apnea isn’t serious. Fact Or Fiction?

This is fiction, and in fact, believing this could be dangerous.

Sleep apnea can be fatal if left untreated. That’s because it literally stops your breathing while you sleep and disrupts your body on a systemic level out of lack of rest.

The only help for sleep apnea is with a CPAP machine. Fact Or Fiction?

A CPAP machine is a widely-trusted means to help sleep apnea patients. Standing for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, this electric-powered device pushes air through a hose, into the mask that you wear while you sleep, and lets it keep flowing all night.

It definitely works, but it’s not right for everyone. It can be really loud, and some complain the mask is uncomfortable to sleep with.

Fortunately, there are other treatment options at Tieken Smiles that provide relief.

If you’re thin, you won’t develop sleep apnea. Fact Or Fiction?

It’s a fact that overweight people are at a higher risk for sleep apnea, but it’s not true that thin people won’t develop it. Anyone can suffer from sleep apnea, and it only gets worse the longer you avoid treatment.

Changing your sleep position will cure sleep apnea. Fact Or Fiction?

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Changing sleeping positions from your back to your side, for example, is a way to stop you from snoring only if you don’t have sleep apnea.

It won’t actually do anything for your sleep apnea, nor will any other adjustments to your position.

Call For An Appointment!

You need and deserve a good night’s sleep.

Dr. Tieken can help you get it with a custom night guard you can wear for instant relief and rest. We have the technology to get the impressions of your mouth without all the goopy, messy outdated molding materials. With digital imaging, we’ll create a comfortable guard that will fit nicely while you sleep and keep your airways open all night.

Call Tieken Smiles today at 281-942-6615 or fill out our convenient online form to book an appointment in our League City, TX dental office.


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