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Treatment of Sleep Apnea


advise you on the best sleep apnea treatment to suit your specific needs. You
can also find more information on sleep apnea and how to treat it on the
internet so that you are able to understand the disorder more if you are a
sufferer or have a loved one who might be suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment: Surgery
Sometimes, cases of sleep apnea can be quite severe and non-surgical
methods have been tried and tested. If you are suffering with a severe case
of this disorder, then you might be wondering what options you have left.
Well, there is no need to despair because if you find that other treatments
have failed to work then surgical methods can be used to alter the airway.
With this type of sleep apnea treatment, levels of obstruction will be
addressed such as the throat and nasal passages, the facial skeleton and the
base of the tongue.
Surgery for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is usually not done unless other
treatments have failed or you are unable or choose not to use other
treatments.
Surgery Choices
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
o Removes excess tissue in the throat to make the airway wider. It
is the most common surgery to treat sleep apnea in adults.
Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy
o Removes the tonsils and/or the adenoids.
o It is an option if you have enlarged tonsils and adenoids that are
blocking your airway during sleep.
o This is often the first treatment option for children because
enlarged tonsils and adenoids are usually the cause of their sleep
apnea.
Other surgical procedures are used to repair bone and tissue problems
in the mouth and throat.
Tracheostomy
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