If you have a mild case of sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to treat your condition. These include:
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If you have moderate to severe sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. With this treatment, you will wear a mask over your nose while you sleep and the machine will deliver air pressure to keep your upper airway massages open. In this way, it prevents apnea and snoring.
CPAP is the most common way to treat sleep apnea. However, it can be uncomfortable and difficult to get used to. Talk to your doctor if your machine is interfering with sleep, as there are many modifications, alternative masks and different settings available.
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If CPAP, lifestyle changes and other conservative measures are ineffective, your SFENTA doctor may recommend surgery. The goal of surgery is to enlarge the airway via one of the following approaches:
Tissue removal. During this procedure, your doctor will remove tissue from the back of your mouth, along with your tonsils and adenoids, to prevent the throat from vibrating.
Jaw repositioning. This procedure involves moving your jaw forward to create a larger space behind the tongue and soft palate, decreasing the likelihood of obstruction.
Tracheostomy. If you have severe, life-threatening sleep apnea, your surgeon may recommend a tracheostomy, which involves creating a new air passageway.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition with many treatment options. Contact SFENTA today to schedule a consultation.
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