Conventional Treatment For Sleep Apnea

Treatment of sleep apnea frequently entails use of nCPAP, bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP), oral appliances, or surgical procedures. The nCPAP provides positive pressure to prevent pharyngeal collapse, and is considered to be a first-line treatment for moderate to severe apnea. Studies indicate that the nCPAP decreases the AHI by 60%.41 Side effects of the nCPAP include rhinorrhea, dryness, increased mucus production, and sneezing. Some 10%-50% or more patients find nCPAP intolerable and discontinue using it.41 Oral appliances are used for mild sleep apnea and for individuals who are unable to tolerate or are noncompliant with the nCPAP. These appliances function by changing the position of the mandible or tongue. They have been shown to be less efficacious than nCPAP, but have better rates of compliance. Oral devices may cause tooth movement and occlusion changes with long-term use.42

There are many types of surgeries with varying efficacies for treating sleep apnea. Most procedures attempt to remove blockages to the airway or increase retrolingual space. Such procedures include uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, septoplasty, turbinectomy, midline glossect-omy, maxillomandibular osteotomy, and tracheotomy.2

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

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