Sleep disorders that involve difficulty breathing during sleep are classified as sleep related breathing disorders. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common disorder of this type; however there are a number of variations of sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes you to temporarily stop breathing when you are asleep. If you are regularly tired during the day even though you have had sufficient sleep or if your snoring is paired with choking or gasping sound, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is manageable using several approaches including CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), oral appliance therapy and surgery.
Light snoring may not disrupt your overall sleep quality. Heavy snoring may be associated with obstructive sleep apnea, but not everyone who snores has a sleep disorder.
How does sleep apnea affects your body?
Sleep apnea side effects can really mess up the quality of your life. It has a significant impact on:
- Cardiovascular health (heart attacks, stroke and high blood pressure)
- Morning headaches
- Erectile dysfunction
- Daytime sleepiness
Oral appliance therapy Toronto
Dr. Anca Jivan offers oral appliance therapy to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It involves wearing a removable oral appliance in your mouth as you sleep. The device fits much like a sports mouthguard or orthodontic retainer. An oral appliance prevents your airway from collapsing by either holding the tongue or supporting the jaw in a forward position. You must be custom fitted for an oral appliance in order for it to be effective. If you would like more information on how an oral appliance can help you regain the quality of your sleep, please book a private consultation today.