Once a person talks with a physician and is referred for a sleep study, a polysomnogram is taken of the patient's sleep behaviors. If Sleep Apnea is diagnosed, there are a variety of treatments.
The most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Device (CPAP). CPAP is a mask that fits over the nose and/or mouth, and gently blows air into the airway to help keep it open during sleep. This method of treatment is highly effective. Using the CPAP as recommended by your doctor is very important.
Second-line methods of treating sleep apnea include dental appliances, which reposition the lower jaw and tongue, and upper airway surgery to remove tissue in the airway. In general, these approaches are most helpful for mild disease or heavy snoring.