Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome - For Adults
What is Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome?
Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) remains a syndrome that is quite similar to obstructive sleep apnea. In UARS, the soft tissue in the throat becomes relaxed. This relaxed airway reduces the size of the airway, which causes problems with sleeping at night. The result of this lack of sleep is that the person with UARS has trouble staying awake and alert during the day. UARS is less severe than OSA, but still affects the amount and quality of the sleep a person gets each night.
What are the symptoms of UARS?
The primary symptoms of UARS include:
- Fatigue during the day.
- Cognitive impairment.
- Sleep that is not restful or refreshing.
- Awakening from sleep frequently.
What methods are used to treat UARS?
Adults with UARS are typically prescribed a CPAP machine to enable them to both sleep and breathe better. Medical conditions causing the syndrome should be treated such as losing weight and treating allergies. Other types of treatment for adults with UARS and OSA include oral appliances positional therapy, and surgery. Children with UARS and OSA are usually treated with surgery. The child’s enlarged tonsils and adenoids get removed, which generally enables them to breathe appropriately at night and sleep through the night. Children with some types of UAS need therapies that include orthodontic treatment, more surgery, and using a CPAP machine.
What happens when fitted for an Oral Appliance for my UARS treatment?
The oral appliance remains one of the primary treatment methods for UARS. Dr. Lori Logan and our friendly staff are well trained in treating sleep apnea disorders using oral devices. You’ll need to be fitted for this appliance in our office, as each appliance fits over your teeth.
If your doctor recommends an oral appliance to treat your UARS, we can help. Have your healthcare provider contact us or give us a call with your diagnosis. We can recommend the right oral appliance for you to wear at night to help you sleep well.