SLEEP APNEA

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which a person stops breathing periodically throughout the night due to physical obstructions of the airway.

 

Untreated Side Effects include:
• High Blood Pressure
• Heart Arrhythmias
• Heart Disease
• Heart Attack
• Stroke
• Increased Risk for diabetes
• And even Death

 

What is Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS)

UARS is a progression towards OSA from snoring. Snoring is the sound we create when air flows past loose or relaxed tissues in the throat, causing the tissues to vibrate and creating the snoring sound. Snoring is an indication that some kind of resistance is occurring in the upper respiratory system. The greater the resistance, the greater the breathing effort needed to get past the resistance. Upper airway resistance syndrome occurs when that breathing effort crosses over form just being harmless snoring to a possibly troubling disorder.

While continuous positive airway (CPAP) is the most recommended treatment for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), not all patients are able to remain compliant. Some complaints include claustrophobia, dry nasal passages, skin irritation from the mask, difficulty tolerating pressured air and accidently removing the mask while tossing at night. In some cases, there can be an alternative treatment other than CPAP therapy and depending on the severity of the disorder, they may benefit from a custom fabricated oral sleep appliance.