snorer (breathing disorder, sleep apnoea)

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Do you snore?

Do you want to know what really causes snoring and what you can do to find relief from snoring?

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Our registration desk will ask you some simple questions and help you find a time that is most suitable for seeing a specialist: Tallinn 677 7300 Tartu 740 1755

Sleep Counsellor Reception

A Sleep Counsellor will help you to cope with a sleep rhythm that has been interrupted due to snoring and the resulting problems thereof.

Doctor Reception

The doctor shall prescribe necessary tests and treatments. If required, the doctor will refer you to other specialists.

Procedures

There are several procedures. The doctor shall prescribe procedures for identifying the scope and causes of the problem depending on the symptoms.

Treatment Options

In order to find relief from snoring and achieve satisfactory treatment outcomes, trust and good co-operation between the centre and the patient is vital.

Do you snore?

Call us

Sleep Counsellor Reception

Doctor Reception

Procedures

Treatment Options

A snorer is characterised by

Usually, the snorer hears about the breathing disorder from others; he is unaware of it when sleeping. Sometimes people with this disorder sleep reasonably well and for long periods, and can fall asleep anywhere. Snoring may be accompanied by an increase in weight and blood pressure, along with diabetes. Actually, snoring almost always indicates bigger health issues.

 

Effect of snoring on everyday life

The snorer may feel sleepy during the day. Especially when he needs to stay put for a long period of time. Sometimes it is only others who notice that people with this disorder have become less active and that they tend to snooze often. Sometimes snorers themselves say that they fall asleep while driving or are unable to work. If people with this disorder feel sleepy during the day, then they cannot fall asleep at night or they wake up before morning. Also, there are Snorers who have no other complaints other than a bad memory.

Health issues related to snoring

Our experience shows that snoring is not always a safe event that accompanies sleeping. Although most people snore a little, the Snorer could have a dangerous chronic disease: sleep apnoea. With this disease, the upper respiratory tract often collapses either partially or completely, oxygen concentration in the body drops, sleep includes short disruptions, there are significant changes in the body’s metabolism, and blood pressure rises. Arrhythmias may occur, heart disease of some type may develop and, if this progresses, myocardial infarction may occur. People with sleep apnoea could also have a stroke or dementia. Still, these health problems and sleep apnoea cannot always be predicted based on snoring alone, as in some cases sleep apnoea does not include snoring.

Snoring indicates sleep disorders

Snoring is a symptom. One dominant symptom could hide several different sleep disorders. A specialist will help to determine which specific sleep disorder is bothering you. Snoring could indicate a sleep disorder from the following list:

  • primary central sleep apnoea
  • central sleep apnoea from physical disorders
  • central sleep apnoea from substances
  • Cheyne-Stokes breathing pattern
  • periodic breathing
  • adult obstructive sleep apnoea
  • idiopathic non-sleep related non-obstructive alveolar hyper ventilation
  • hyperventilation/hypoxemia related to lung parenchyma during sleep or vascular pathology
  • hyperventilation/hypoxemia due to sleep-related lower respiratory tract obstruction
  • hyperventilation/hypoxemia related to sleep-related neuromuscular disorder and thorax wall disorders
  • other sleep-related breathing disorders

About the Treatment in General

In order to find relief from snoring, the specialist shall offer a choice of appropriate treatment options after identifying the patient’s problem and the cause thereof.  At the beginning of the treatment, required procedures shall be performed and the patient shall be introduced to treatment principles in more detail. During future visits, the progress of treatment is monitored and the patient is counselled regarding possible questions.