Myths and Facts About Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Bay Area Sleep Apnea Solutions

Sleep apnea is an unusual but fairly common condition that prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. Sadly, there are a lot of myths floating around out there about sleep apnea, which is why Bay Area Sleep Apnea Solutions wants to set the record straight. Their expertise on myths and truths about sleep apnea will help you find a solution that works for you.


Myth: Sleep Apnea Only Occurs in People Who Snore


Not true. Some people experience sleep apnea as a loss of breath without snoring. Others experience constant sleep disturbances as a result of muscle movement, often known as “restless legs” syndrome. It can be one or more of the above symptoms causing you to have a bad night’s sleep, and all of the symptoms are related. Snoring treatment in Los Gatos as well as these other apnea conditions utilize the same treatment methods.


Myth: People Can’t Sleep with a Mask On


People adjust to wearing a mask. Most people with sleep apnea learn to sleep with the mask on their faces. Finding the right mask for comfort and wearability helps. Bay Area Sleep Apnea Solutions can help you find the right mask through sizing and trial and error.


Myth: You Are Swallowing Your Tongue or Uvula When You Snore


No, you aren’t swallowing the soft tissues in your mouth or throat. As research has shown, you can’t swallow your tongue. That dangly bit of flesh at the back of your throat known as the uvula can’t be swallowed either.


Typically, what happens with people who snore is that the throat relaxes over the top of your windpipe and your mouth becomes slack. It then takes extra effort for your body to get air past the fleshy obstructions created by relaxed throat muscles.


Myth: Snoring Treatment in Los Gatos Only Offers Masks


Yes, you can choose to wear a variety of different masks for sleep apnea, but that’s not the only solution. Oral appliances and the latest technology utilizing small electric shocks to the tongue are a couple of other solutions. The fact is, there is no “one size fits all” solution for sleep apnea and/or snoring. It’s up to your doctor to help you figure out what will work best for you.


Contact Bay Area or Los Gatos Snoring Treatment Center to book an appointment!