Overview

What Options Are Available Other Than the CPAP?

What Options Are Available Other Than the CPAP?

Oxygen administration

While many patients benefit from this treatment, it does not eliminate sleep apnea or prevent daytime sleepiness. Its role in the treatment of sleep apnea is controversial.

Dental appliance

Such devices reposition the lower jaw and the tongue to open the upper airway. These appliances have been helpful to patients with mild sleep apnea and those who snore (but do not have apnea).

Behavioral change

An important part of any treatment, behavioral changes may cure mild cases of sleep apnea. Such changes may include: avoiding the use of alcohol, tobacco, and sleeping pills; weight loss (even a 10 percent weight loss can reduce the number of apneic events for most patients); and the use of pillows and other devices to help patients sleep on their side.

Surgery

Surgeries such as:

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP): the removal of excess tissue at the back of the throat, such as tonsils, uvula, part of the soft palate, adenoids, nasal polyps, or other airway tissue/growth removal.
  • Correction of structural deformities.
  • Surgical reconstruction for deformities of the lower jaw
  • Surgical procedures to treat obesity (for sleep apnea patients who are morbidly obese).

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