Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome are conditions caused by air passage at the back of a person’s throat becoming restricted or completely blocked during sleep. This happens as the person’s muscles relax during sleep, causing the soft palate and throat muscles to relax. The lower jaw slips back, and the airway narrows. In some cases, it may even close completely. Sleeping while unable to breath easily and fully is very dangerous to your overall health. Schedule an appointment and learn about OSA and UARS Treatment options.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is when your upper airway is blocked while you sleep. Your diaphragm and chest muscles have to work harder to open your airway and pull air into your lungs. Breathing can become very shallow, or you may even stop breathing briefly. You usually start to breathe again with a loud gasp, snort, or body jerk. You may or may not think you are sleeping well, you probably won’t know that the obstruction is happening.
The condition can also lower the flow of oxygen to your organs and cause uneven heart rhythms.
It is estimated that over 30 million Americans suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea and most go undiagnosed. Sleep Apnea can cause individuals to stop breathing, hundreds of times a night. General sleepiness from waking multiple times a night can negatively affect your life, work, and relationships. This fatigue can cause mistakes at work & driving accidents, which contribute to injury and disability each year.
Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) happens when the soft tissue in your throat relaxes and doesn’t allow proper airflow while you sleep. Image trying to breathe through a coffee straw instead of a water hose. It’s similar to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) but not as severe. Experts classify UARS as a condition that falls somewhere between snoring and sleep apnea. UARS puts your body into a stress response during sleep instead of letting your body rest and regenerate. UARS often occurs in female patients with a healthy weight from ages 20-50 years old.