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How can I treat obstructive sleep apnea?

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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
6 doctors agree

In brief: CPAP

The treatment involves sleeping with a pressurized mask called cpap.
In sleep apnea, excessive soft tissue in the throat, can relax during deep sleep, this blocks the airway and drops oxygen levels , disrupting sleep and causing other problems. A mask hooked to a machine that applies a low level of air pressure keeps the airway open. Many with osa are overweight and weight loss also helps much.

In brief: CPAP

The treatment involves sleeping with a pressurized mask called cpap.
In sleep apnea, excessive soft tissue in the throat, can relax during deep sleep, this blocks the airway and drops oxygen levels , disrupting sleep and causing other problems. A mask hooked to a machine that applies a low level of air pressure keeps the airway open. Many with osa are overweight and weight loss also helps much.
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. James Donley
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine in2006 published new parameters in treating sleep apnea. For mild to moderate sleep apnea or somebody with severe sleep apnea who can't or won't use a CPAP, an oral appliance can be the treatment of choice. The oral appliance should be provided by a dentist trained in dental sleep medicine. A third choice would be surgery which is not highly successful.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: MAD device

Mandibular advancement devices, or mads, can be used as an alternative to or in combination with cpap.
They are made by specially trained dentist who work in a team approach with sleep, mds. By holding the jaw forward, it opens the posterior pharyngeal airway and holds the base of the tongue forward, too.

In brief: MAD device

Mandibular advancement devices, or mads, can be used as an alternative to or in combination with cpap.
They are made by specially trained dentist who work in a team approach with sleep, mds. By holding the jaw forward, it opens the posterior pharyngeal airway and holds the base of the tongue forward, too.
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Treat or cure.

You can treat sleep apnea with a CPAP or BiPAP mask worn at night.
If you're overweight, you can actually cure sleep apnea with weight loss; then you wouldn't need the mask.

In brief: Treat or cure.

You can treat sleep apnea with a CPAP or BiPAP mask worn at night.
If you're overweight, you can actually cure sleep apnea with weight loss; then you wouldn't need the mask.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Sleep MD

Work with a sleep MD.
Sleep studies first. Weight loss will help. Most common modalities of treatment are CPAP, mandibular advancement devices, and surgery if other methods not satisfactory.

In brief: Sleep MD

Work with a sleep MD.
Sleep studies first. Weight loss will help. Most common modalities of treatment are CPAP, mandibular advancement devices, and surgery if other methods not satisfactory.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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