No, not at all. This sleep disorder has undoubtedly always existed. But more light has been shed on sleep apnea within the medical community in recent years, which means that physicians have greater awareness of this issue. This explains the increasing number of diagnoses made.
CPAP is short for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This acronym refers to a small air compressor that emits continuous positive pressure to the airways open during sleep. Scientifically speaking, it is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea. The device does not supply oxygen, only air pressure. It is also possible to add oxygen by pairing the CPAP with an oxygen device.
There is no scientific evidence showing that sleep apnea is fatal. However the consequences of sleep apnea can increase the risk of death. For each case of untreated sleep apnea, there is an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, road accidents, etc.
Snoring is not the only symptom indicative of a sleep disorder. In fact, many people who have a respiratory sleep disorder (like sleep apnea) do not snore. There are more than 80 types of sleep disorder and for most of them, snoring is not a factor that comes into play. For instance, you can have restless leg syndrome, which fragments sleep, without snoring. So if you think you may have a sleep disorder but do not snore, talk to us or contact your doctor to schedule a screening test.
We would first like to invite you to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep specialists to complete a screening questionnaire. The results will tell you whether a sleep study is necessary. If a sleep study is called for, you can then consult your healthcare provider with questionnaire results; your provider will prescribe a sleep study to accurately diagnose your sleep disorder.