Treatments

Several treatment options are available for OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), including the use of a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure).  This is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical option of care.  A CPAP machine keeps the airway open by blowing air through a mask worn over the nose or full face.  This is extremely effective and works for almost every case of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, whether your diagnosis is mild, moderate or severe OSA.  The introduction of a weight loss program (if the patient is overweight) may also be advised.  Decreased alcohol use, especially before bed is also recommended.  Or in some cases, performing surgery where an airway obstruction is indicated. 

When you return to The Sleep Disorder Center for you second night/CPAP sleep study you will be shown many different types of masks, until you feel comfortable with one.  Your sleep technician will try different air pressures until the correct level is found, untimately helping you to sleep through the night without experiencing severe apneas.