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Sleep Apnea Overview

Treatment: Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Consult a healthcare professional prior to seeking any treatment for OSA.

There are a number of treatments available for patients suffering from OSA. Depending on each individual's case, one particular treatment, or a combination of treatments, will prove to be more effective or appropriate than others. The types of treatments can typically be divided into two primary categories, behavioral and medical.

Behavioral Treatments
Treatment Details
Sleep on side. In some cases, patients with OSA find that sleeping on their sides can provide some temporary relief.
Establish a regular sleep routine. Irregular sleep hours can disturb sleep cycles and lead to breathing problems during the most important sleep stages.
Reduce consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and sedatives such as sleeping pills. Stimulants and depressants can increase the chance of airway closure while sleeping.

Medical Treatments
Treatment Details
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) CPAP machines are the most common long-term treatment for patients with OSA. The CPAP blows pressurized air into a mask worn over the nose to keep the patient's airway open during sleep.
Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) BiPAP machines are a good alternative treatment for patients who find exhaling against increased pressure to cause difficulty sleeping. BiPAP machines work by using electronic circuits to monitor a patient's breathing and provide pressure to help inhaling and exhaling.
Oral Devices Oral devices open the patient's airway by bringing the lower jaw and tongue forward during sleep.
Surgery Through surgery a doctor can remove tissue such as tonsils, adenoids, or excess tissue at the back of the patient's throat or nose, which increases the patient's airway, allowing for better airflow during sleep.
Oxygen Administration Oxygen administration is a far less commonly used treatment, but works by providing oxygen to the patient via a small tube which fits inside the nose. Occasionally this method is used in conjunction with CPAP treatment.

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