Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
There are several treatment options available. Treatment may consist of using a nasal CPAP machine that delivers pressurized oxygen through a nasal mask to limit obstruction at night. There are many surgeries performed to attempt to help with sleep apnea. One of the surgical options is an uvulo-palato-pharyngo-plasty (UPPP), which is performed in the back of the soft palate and throat. A similar procedure is sometimes done with the assistance of a laser and is called a laser assisted uvulo-palato-plasty (LAUPP). In other cases, a radio-frequency probe is utilized to tighten the soft palate. These procedures are usually performed by an Ear Nose and Throat Doctor.
In more complex cases, the bones of the upper and lower jaw may be repositioned to increase the size of the airway (orthognathic surgery). This procedure is done in the hospital under general anesthesia and are usually performed by an Oral Surgeon.
Oral appliance therapy (using a dental device) for most patients is a viable option and is usually more desirable than CPAP or surgeries.
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