Wake Up and Separate Sleep Apnea Facts From Myths

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Are you confused about sleep apnea? Have friends or relatives shared contradictory information on this common condition? As Dr. Sam Carroll knows, many patients have trouble separating sleep apnea myth from fact. To help you understand more about sleep apnea, we examined a few popular misconceptions and outlined as many realities.

Think you might have a sleep disorder? Call us at (928) 344-1060 to arrange for a consultation with Dr. Carroll at our practice in Yuma, AZ.

Fact: Sleep apnea can occur in anyone.

As with all medical conditions, some people are more likely than others to be diagnosed. For instance, individuals who are male, overweight, smokers, or older are statistically at greater risk. The same is true for those who have narrow airways, large tonsils, and family histories of sleep disorders. However, sleep apnea can still occur in people from any population, including children and teenagers.

Myth: There is one type of sleep apnea.

Actually, there are three types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where the diagnosed individual stops breathing for several seconds up to 30 times per hour, is the most frequently seen. Another type is central sleep apnea. If you have central sleep apnea, your brain does not properly tell the body to breathe while you are at sleep. Central sleep apnea can be especially dangerous. Fortunately, it is much rarer than obstructive sleep apnea.

The third type of sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive and central varities. Work with your dentist to determine which type, if any, you may have.

Fact: Dentists can help people with sleep apnea in Yuma, AZ.

Why does a dentist focus on helping patients with sleep apnea? Essentially, he can often reduce sleep apnea nighttime events, allowing people to get better rest and improve their health. Dr. Carroll offers numerous behavioral and oral therapy treatments personalized to fit the individual’s unique situation.

Myth: Individuals with sleep apnea know they have the condition.

You might assume that you would realize your body stopped breathing hundreds of times a night. Yet this is highly unlikely. Each obstructed breathing event spans a few seconds, ending with a loud snore, snort, or gasp. However, you will not fully awaken during most events. For this reason, undergoing a non-invasive, easy-to-use at-home sleep test is necessary to determine if sleep apnea could be an issue.

Fact: CPAP machines only one form of treatment.

Have you heard that you will have to use a CPAP machine to reduce sleep apnea events? While CPAP machines are frequently prescribed for those diagnosed with sleep apnea, they are not the only treatment options. Dentists regularly work with laboratories to create custom-fitted oral appliances that look like nightguards. These appliances are worn during sleep and help the air move freely in and out of the body. In addition, many dentists suggest occlusal adjustments, an efficient procedure to ensure a more natural fit between the upper and lower molars.

Many individuals with sleep apnea can expect to rely on more than one type of treatment depending upon the severity of their condition.

Myth: Sleep apnea does not respond to behavioral changes.

Although you cannot necessarily get rid of your sleep apnea by changing your habits, you can sometimes significantly the number of nighttime obstructed breathing events you experience.  Quitting smoking and losing weight are two changes that are likely to have noticeable effects on the frequency and intensity of sleep apnea episodes.

Fact: Sleep apnea affects more than just sleeping hours.

Sleep apnea events happen when you are at rest, but the disorder’s effects carry on throughout the day. Over time, lack of sleep can produce many unwanted physical, systemic, and emotional outcomes, including severe sleep deprivation, memory loss, personality changes, difficulty concentrating, headaches, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and irritability. The sooner you get your sleep apnea under control, the better you will feel.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment in Yuma, AZ

Want to learn more about sleep apnea or get tested by a dentist in Yuma, AZ? Contact Yuma Smiles at (928) 344-1060 to set up your initial evaluation.

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Irene Peters
Irene Peters
20:05 09 Dec 17
Dr. Carroll has state-of-the-art equipment and can do it all. I was able to get my new crown replaced on the same day with only the one visit. I've been going there for years and never had to wait past my appointment time. The office staff are all friendly, helpful, efficient, prompt, and make you feel at home and more importantly, comfortable. Dr. Carroll remembers details from prior visits and always follows up on them. A real bonus for me is that he has a way with giving the shots to numb your mouth without it hurting! I'm very grateful for the excellent care I get from Dr. Carroll and his staff.
Audrianna Daniel
Audrianna Daniel
16:55 25 Jan 18
I had such a wonderful experiance at this office! Switching from another local dentist was the best decision I ever made. Shanel, the hygienist, was absolutely amazing and Dr. Carroll was incredibly down to earth and attentive to any questions or concerns. The whole staff is just awesome and I can't recommend this office enough!
Carla Wolfe
Carla Wolfe
00:59 14 Jun 17
I was terrified of the dentist from past bad experience. My daughter had a traumatic experience at a local dentist as well. We have both started seeing Dr. Carroll and have had the most comfortable, reassuring experience. They are kind, knowledgeable and patient!! Thank you Dr. Carroll and Staff!! Second visit - 2/4/16 - Deep Clean Procedure and a Wisdom tooth extraction - Again, I can't say enough about my visit. The staff from the moment you walk in the door are professional and friendly. My procedure was 99.5% pain free and the extraction was 100% pain free. I was given information every step of the way and was made to feel comfortable at all times. This is an office with compassion, caring and understanding. I highly recommend this practice. I can't say thank you enough for the positive experience and dental work. Thank you!!
Lucinda Fox
Lucinda Fox
03:05 21 Jun 17
I have had an excellent experience with Dr. Carroll over the past -I have been with him since he started practice in Yuma. He and his staff have always treated me professionally and respectfully. I say 'had' because I just moved out of state and now I hope to find a new dentist as skilled as Dr. Carroll. My last visit was a highlight for me. He gave me a brand new, much improved smile by replacing my top front six teeth with crowns made by him on site. The change is amazing and I say "thank you Dr. Carroll!"
Sandy Baas
Sandy Baas
19:00 19 Oct 17
Sam Carroll , DMD, is knowledgable about all the latest and most effective dental procedures and treatment to make you SMILE... I have seen a caring and gentle approach with the very young patients ( My Grandaughter) and the concern he had with my 90 year old Father. Very comfortable yet professional atmosphere at all times!
Jill Castaneda
Jill Castaneda
20:20 21 Sep 17
Thank you for getting my son in and removing his wisdom tooth today. I would also like to thank you for the amazing service we received from everyone in the office and especially Dr. Carroll!! We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Dr. Carroll and his staff are the best.
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