Sleep apnea is an all-too-common sleep disorder that occurs when you stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. These moments of non-breathing can last up to a minute in severe cases, depriving your body of necessary oxygen and forcing your brain to wake you up into a semi-conscious state. Some sleep apnea victims suffer from hundreds of breathing interruptions a night without even realizing it.
The combination of sleep deprivation and reduced oxygen levels can lead to serious health problems. If sleep apnea is left untreated, patients are at risk for:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heart rhythms
One of the most telling symptoms of sleep apnea is loud, frequent snoring. If your bed partner has complained about your snoring, or if they have heard you choking or gasping for breath in your sleep, you should see a sleep apnea specialist as soon as possible to be tested for the presence of this dangerous disorder. If you do have sleep apnea, Dr. Strober can help by providing you with an oral appliance that will open your airways while you sleep, enabling you to breathe freely and easily again.
Contact our San Diego sleep apnea treatment team today if you have further questions about diagnosing and treating this disorder. We can help you get a good night’s sleep again.