Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment & Management
Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder. It causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep.
There are several types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. This type of apnea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. A noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.
Treatments for obstructive sleep apnea are available. One treatment involves using positive airway pressure with a CPAP or bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) device and oral appliance (OA) therapy. CPAP is the standard treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea and generally can reverse this condition quickly with the appropriate titration of devices.
Oral appliances are indicated for:
- Patients with mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer oral appliances to CPAP devices.
- Patients with mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea who do not respond to CPAP therapy.
- Patients with mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea in whom treatment attempts with CPAP devices fail.