Sleep apnea treatment options

Why should I get treated for sleep apnea?

Untreated sleep apnea can negatively impact your health and quality of life. Fortunately, with the right support your sleep apnea can be managed.

The first step to finding the most appropriate sleep apnea treatment is to have an overnight sleep study to diagnose your sleep apnea. You can start the process using this referral form for a home based sleep study.

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Depending on the sleep study results there are several sleep apnea treatments options available

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, your sleep physician may recommend a combination of the below depending on your circumstances and sleep apnea severity.

Lifestyle changes

Losing weight, quitting smoking and not drinking alcohol before bed may help reduce sleep apnea severity. They may also make other treatments more effective.

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PAP (Positive airway pressure) also known as CPAP or APAP machines

PAP is the “gold standard” sleep apnea treatment. It works by blowing a gentle stream of air to the back of your throat creating an air splint that stops your throat muscles from collapsing. There are three types of PAP called Continuous PAP (CPAP), Automatic PAP (APAP) and Variable PAP (VPAP) devices.

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Sleep apnea dental appliance (Oral devices)

Mandibular advancement splints (MAS) commonly known as sleep apnea dental appliances are worn like a mouth guard at night. They work by pushing your lower jaw forward, tightening the muscles at the back of your throat.

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Sleep positional devices (Postural devices)

Generally, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring are worse when you are laying on your back. Sleep positional devices encourage side sleeping by prevent you from rolling on your back and can reduce OSA severity in some patients.

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The surgical procedure to treat sleep apnea is called Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). It involves removing some or all of your tonsils, soft palate and uvula. Surgery is generally considered as a last resort should other treatments fail.

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

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