Treatment options for sleep apnea include nonsurgical and surgical solutions.
Surgical treatments for obstructive sleep apnea are nasal surgery, upper airway surgery, tracheostomy, and hypoglossal nerve stimulation. However, they are uncommon because they have limited success rates, high risks, and extended recovery time.
Nonsurgical treatment may include the mitigation of risk factors, such as weight reduction, as obesity is correlated with sleep apnea. For people with mild sleep apnea, oral appliances, constructed by a dentist experienced in the treatment of this condition, are effective, as they position the lower jaw and tongue forward in order to prevent airway blockage.
However, the most effective nonsurgical choice for treatment of moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea is PAP Therapy.
PAP Therapy (Positive Airway Pressure Therapy) is compressed air, delivered to the patient from a small machine with a mask or nose tube, which is comfortable for the person. The air pressure keeps the airway open, so that it does not collapse during sleep. There are several different modes of this therapy available in order for the patient to feel comfortable with this device. Your Sleep Specialist will prescribe a mode that is suitable for you, based upon your test results and the severity of your condition.
At Ontario Sleep Care, we care about you and your therapy. We want you to understand all of your options, and we will take the time to provide you with as much information as you need. The more actively you participate in your treatment, the more successful it will be. We will interact with you and your Sleep Specialist to determine the best treatment option that suits your needs and the severity of your condition.