The Latest Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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and a small vacuum console. During sleep, the light vacuum repositions the tongue and soft palate and keeps the airway open. OPT is a proprietorial treatment for OSA.

Oral Appliances

These devices look like a mouth guard and are worn during sleep. Oral appliances move the tongue and lower jaw forward and upward to increase the size of the upper airway and help you breath. Oral appliances are fitted by dentists who are trained in sleep medicine. They can be used for patients with any severity level of OSA. Most commonly they are used to help patients who snore, those with mild to moderate OSA, and those for whom PAP therapy has been unsuccessful.  

Surgery

Surgery can be indicated if you have facial abnormalities that contribute to OSA. Whether surgery is a good choice depends on what the anatomy of each person’s upper airway and the type of surgery performed. For severely overweight or obese patients, bariatric surgery may be considered as part of the treatment strategy for weight loss, which is tied to OSA symptoms. 

Behavioral Treatments

For milder forms of OSA, changes to your lifestyle and sleep habits can help. For example, losing weight is known to improve OSA, as is limiting the consumption of alcohol and sedatives. If you only experience OSA when sleeping on your back, there are positioners that will help maintain a side sleeping position, to improve your breathing and promote continuous, healthy sleep. 

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