6th November is the first anniversary of the only one of its kind in our country University Medico-Dental Centre at Medical University - Varna. On the occasion of its first anniversary the Centre will conduct free complex preventive tests for diagnosing sleep apnea the causes of snoring for everyone wishing to be examined. The examinations will be conducted by leading specialists from the Centre - Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mario Milkov and Dr. Lyudmil Matev, in November and December, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9:30 till 12:00, at 84 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 5th floor.
You need to make an appointment in advance through telephone numbers: 052 677 299 or 0882 413 456, or on the website of the University Medico-Dental Centre http://dentalclinic.mu-varna.bg/ .
Sleep apnea (apnea – a Latin word, meaning "without breath", "cessation of breathing") and snoring are common conditions characterized with episodes of cessation of breathing during sleep. A significant part of the working age population suffers from this disease, and the lack of treatment could lead to disability. It has been proved that obstructive sleep apnea is an independent risk factor for the development of brain stroke (2.2%) and leads to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (around 5%). Thus, indirectly OSA deteriorates the quality of life.
The main symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- breathing pauses for more than 10 seconds during sleep.
- loud snoring followed by cessation of breathing
- increased mobility during sleep
- daytime sleepiness, difficulty in concentrating, lack of energy
- spontaneous falling asleep during the day (particularly while driving), and others.
Polysomnography (PSG) is deemed the gold standard for examining sleep. It involves continuous monitoring, recording and interpretation of various physiological parameters of breathing, heart and brain during sleep.
Treatment of sleep apnea may vary considerably - from applying conservative measures such as weight loss or change of the position during sleep to surgery.