What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
OSA is a serious sleep disorder that affects up to 26% of adults (and a smaller percentage of children). It can make it difficult for individuals to breath throughout the night or stop them from breathing completely. This can result in less oxygen reaching your brain and other vital organs. OSA has become a unifying diagnosis in medicine and is associated with multiple medical problems. This includes, but is not limited to, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.
What Is Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome?
UARS is considered a milder form of OSA where the airway narrows without closing. However, the extra effort it takes to breathe significantly disturbs normal sleep. Some common nasal anatomical abnormalities such as a deviated septum, enlarged nasal turbinates, or enlarged tonsils, and a narrow palate.
Common Symptoms of OSA & UARS
- Loud and chronic snoring
- Dry mouth and sore throat
- Morning headache that can last throughout the day
- Episodes of breathing interruption during sleeping
- Difficulty staying asleep
At one time, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) could only be diagnosed with an overnight, in-lab sleep study performed away from home. This is the most accurate method to diagnose OSA, but it can be inconvenient and costly.
Thankfully, there is an alternative! OSA can now be diagnosed in the comfort of your own home and bed with a Home Sleep Test (HST). This less intrusive and more convenient testing device uses the most up-to-date technology to monitor your breathing and develop a diagnosis.
Once you have completed either in-lab or at home sleep testing, you will be given a depending on how frequently you stop breathing while sleeping. Contact our clinic to learn how sleep apnea can be diagnosed from home!