Treatment of sleep disordered breathing conditions depends on the cause and severity of the apnea, so a complete diagnosis of your condition is required.
The most common cause of sleep apnea is blockage or restriction of the upper airways, a condition called obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. While the professional field of medical sleep has not found a cure for OSA, there are a number of effective sleep apnea treatments that help to manage the symptoms, improve sleep patterns, and minimize the long-term health risks.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy
CPAP therapy is the most popular and effective sleep apnea treatment. A comfortable mask is worn over the nose as you sleep, delivering a quiet and gentle airflow. The continuous airflow prevents the throat from collapsing and keeps the airway open.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy can be used to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea or for people who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. These fitted oral appliances, or mandibular advancement devices, are worn during sleep to bring the lower jaw (mandible) slightly forward (advanced), preventing snoring and keeping the airway open.
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