Other sleep apnea treatment options

Dental devices

Dental appliances for sleep apnea (known as a MAS) are generally considered for patients who are not overweight with mild to moderate sleep apnea.

A Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) is a sleep apnea dental appliance that you wear while sleeping. It works by pushing your lower jaw forward, tightening the muscles that would otherwise be collapsing.

MAS’ should always be fitted by a qualified specialist dentist. An incorrect fit can cause damage to your jaw joints.

Surgery

Surgery is generally considered as a last resort, should other treatments fail.

The surgical treatment of sleep apnea is called a uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). In an UPPP an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist will remove all or some of your tonsils, soft palate and uvula.

Another surgery that may be used to treat sleep apnea is a sebtoplasty. An ENT specialist will operate on your nose to clear up a deviated septum.

Some children with sleep apnea may also benefit from the removal of their tonsils if their tonsils are blocking their airway.

All treatment options should be considered under the guidance of your sleep physician and doctor.
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