Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Therapies for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

There are several non-surgical options for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). These therapies include:

  • CPAP and BiPAP: This is the most common treatment for OSA and consists of either continuous or bi-level positive pressure (CPAP/ BiPAP), which is delivered via face or nasal mask to stent the upper airway passage open while asleep. If used as instructed, this therapy is very effective.
  • Oral appliance: For patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea, an oral appliance can be an effective therapy option. This custom-made appliance helps keep the lower jaw in a more forward position, which stabilizes the attached soft tissue of the throat.
  • Adjunct therapy: Other treatment alternatives in the management of obstructive sleep apnea include weight loss and positional therapy with special pillows and body positional devices, which can sometimes lead to significant improvement of OSA. Other lifestyle changes that can help with sleep apnea include smoking cessation, alcohol avoidance and improving sleep habits. Correction of nasal obstruction (e.g. decongesting sprays, nasal strips, nasal surgery) can sometimes help with CPAP compliance.

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