Getting to Know Snoring, UARS and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea | Sinus & Snoring Specialists | Austin TX

Most people who suffer from Obstructive sleep apnea don’t even know they have it. But their partners do. There partner hears the loud and bothersome snoring and sees the episodes where it is appears as if there partner isn’t breathing. This is not only irritating but also very worrisome.

Obstructive Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. It may seem incredible, but people with sleep apnea repeatedly stop breathing while sleeping, sometimes hundreds of times per night. When this happens, the brain and the rest of the body is deprived of oxygen causing arousals, poor quality sleep, non-restorative sleep, and many serious health issues such as heart disease.

At Sinus & Snoring Specialists, we are Obstructive sleep apnea experts. We can determine if you just snore, have Upper Airway Resistance (UARS) or if you have obstructive sleep apnea. We have many treatment options for each of these conditions and don’t force patients into a one sized fits all approach.

Snoring is resistance to airflow in the upper airway in sleep that produces bothersome noise but does not affect the persons quality of sleep.

Upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) is resistance to airflow in the upper airway in sleep that produces bothersome noise and also causes poor quality sleep for the patient but is not severe enough to be classified as obstructive sleep apnea because the episodes of airflow cessation is not frequent or long enough.

Obstructive sleep apnea is resistance to airflow in the upper airway in sleep that produces bothersome noise and also causes poor quality sleep for the patient but and happens frequently and long enough to be classified as OSA.
In practical terms patients with UARS and OSA feel the same and look the same to the bed partner.

What happens when a person has sleep apnea?

Because many people don’t know they have UARS or obstructive sleep apnea, the condition can go untreated. The longer it goes, the more health problems can develop, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks.
  • Depression
  • Worsening of ADHD
  • Headaches

UARS and Obstructive sleep apnea may also be the root of poor performance at work or in school, car crashes, and general underachievement in children and teens.

Do you think you or your partner may suffer from snoring, UARS, or obstructive sleep apnea?

We have developed unique and comprehensive therapies to successfully treat all three of these conditions using a simple 15 minute office procedure under IV sedation. Most patients can be back at work the day after the procedure.

Call the experts at Sinus & Snoring Specialists. Call us at 512-601-0303 to make your appointment.

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