Sleep disorders that involve difficulty breathing during sleep as snoring and sleep apnea 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.
You may have sleep apnea if :
– You are regularly tired during the day ,even though you have had sufficient sleep
– Your snoring is paired with choking or gasping sound
But, sleep apnea is manageable using several approaches including CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), snoring and sleep apnea therapy, and surgery.
Light snoring may not disrupt your overall sleep quality. Indeed, heavy snoring may be associated with obstructive sleep apnea. But not everyone who snores has a sleep disorder.
How does sleep apnea affect 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
Snoring and sleep apnea therapy
Dr. Anca Jivan offers Snoring and Sleep Apnea Therapy as oral appliance therapy. 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. So, it must be custom fitted for you 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.