At the mentioning of bedwetting, thoughts of a toddler or elderly person may come to mind. It turns out that younger adults can also suffer from the embarrassing problem. Sleep apnea can be a major contributor to nighttime accidents, but how? Continue reading to get the full details from your local sleep dentist.
What is Sleep Apnea?
The term ‘sleep apnea’ refers to frequent stoppages in breathing while sleeping. The most common form of the condition is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which results from a partial or full blockage of the airway that triggers the interruptions in breathing. The frequent breaks can leave a person feeling tired and lethargic the next day.
Statistics show that 7% of people with OSA are subject to bedwetting. As the condition worsens, bouts of incontinence can become worse.
Sleep Apnea and Nocturia
An increased urge to urinate at night, called ‘nocturia’, can be a major contributor to nighttime bedwetting. Data shows that 84% of people with OSA deal with nocturia, while 82% are also loud snorers (a common trait among people who suffer from OSA). It’s perfectly normal to make one or two trips to the restroom a night, but people with untreated OSA may have to visit the restroom up to 6 times.
While nocturia and bedwetting aren’t the same, the common denominator is that they involve an urge toward nighttime urination. For people who have yet to be diagnosed with OSA, either can be a warning sign to get tested.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
One way to combat nighttime bedwetting is to receive treatment for OSA. For years, patients have relied on wearing a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine nightly. However, the apparatus is considered by many to be rather bulky, loud and inconvenient. Thankfully, you now have a more comfortable and user-friendly way to get relief: with a custom oral appliance.
The device is designed specially for improved comfortability and to fit the contour of your mouth. It works to gently shift your jaw forward to allow for better tongue positioning and airflow. Therefore, you can get an uninterrupted and more restful night of sleep.
How to Get Started
If you’re experiencing some of the more common symptoms of OSA, such as loud snoring, gasping noises while sleeping, morning grogginess, or you suffer from frequent bedwetting, bring it to your doctor’s attention so you can take a sleep test. Once properly diagnosed, a sleep dentist can help you rest better by providing customized care to meet your needs. Therefore, you’ll be able to be more productive throughout the day and lead a healthier life.
About the Author
Dr. Keith Hollinger earned his dental degree from Tufts University. So he can provide well-rounded care to his patients, he has received additional advanced training in treating sleep breathing disorders. A member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Dr. Hollinger helps his patients rest better at his private practice, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.