Posted On 5/23/2022 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
Often, when younger patients are told they have sleep apnea, their thoughts sometimes drift to the image of elderly person tethered to a CPAP machine every night. However, sleep apnea can occur at any age, including in your twenties. The good news is there are alternatives to using a CPAP to maintain an open airway while you sleep. Here are a few things you should know about having sleep apnea in your twenties.
Sleep apnea is a catch-all term for conditions that cause people to temporarily stop breathing while they are asleep. There are three major types of sleep apnea:
One of the most common signs associated with sleep apnea is loud snoring. But there are other signs to be aware of even if you are only in your 20s:
It is easy to brush off or explain away sleep apnea symptoms when you appear to be an otherwise healthy 20-year-old. However, if you do experience symptoms of this condition, it is important to discuss them with your physician.
Leaving sleep apnea untreated can lead to serious health problems like:
If you think you have sleep apnea in your twenties or at any age, don’t avoid treating it out of fear of a CPAP machine or an invasive surgery. Depending on the severity and type of your sleep apnea, there are alternative treatment options available, including the use of dental appliances.
For patients with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, dental appliances can help reduce your snoring and OSA. Some of the dental appliances available include:
Sleep apnea can happen to anyone, even if you are in your twenties. If you think you might have it, schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options with Dr. Bruce Kanehl by calling 904-731-2162.
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