There are various options to help treat and manage Obstructive Sleep Apnea*. Your healthcare provider can help you decide which treatment options are best for you. 

* This webpage is for information use only. Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any treatment.

How is Sleep Apnea Treated?

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After reviewing this information, please do not hesitate to contact us with any specific questions or concerns you may have. We also encourage you to take our NO OBLIGATION sleep questionnaire to better asses your risk for obstructive sleep ​apnea. We look forward to working with you so that you don't have to wait another minute to get a good night's sleep.

  • Surgery - A variety of surgical techniques have been used to reconfigure the upper airway so that it remains open during sleep, but these procedures may not be helpful in every patient, and their long term effectiveness is unproven. The most common surgery to treat OSA, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), has a short-term success rate of about 50% in unselected cases. Removing the tonsils and/or adenoids may be effective in some patients.
  • Oral appliances - An oral device is fitted by a dentist and worn much like a retainer or sport mouth-guard. They are designed to keep the jaw and/or tongue in a forward position that allows the airway to remain open. Generally, oral devices work best for patients with mild to moderate OSA, patients who experience OSA mostly when sleeping on their backs, and for those who are not obese and do not have a large neck. Sierra Sleep Diagnostics also works with various dentists in the Central Valley and can provide information about which dentists offer this type of treatment.
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) ​- Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP treatment, requires the patient to wear a mask over the nose during sleep, which is connected by a hose to a small air pressure generator. When the mask is worn, the air pressure inside the throat is increased. The air pressure is adjusted so that it is just enough to prevent the throat from collapsing during sleep. The CPAP eliminates a person's snoring, gasping, and choking during the night. The CPAP prevents airway closure while it is worn, but apnea episodes will return when CPAP is stopped or if it is used improperly. CPAP technology has improved considerably in the past five years. The devices are much quieter and there are numerous mask options that improve the fit and comfort. Auto-adjusting CPAPs, which automatically deliver the correct pressure, are as effective as in-laboratory determined pressure. Alternatively, the CPAP pressure can be predicted using a formula and the pressure adjusted until the snoring subsides. CPAP units are obtained from Durable Medical Equipment providers with a prescription provided by your healthcare provider. Sierra Sleep Diagnostics has been working with various DME companies in the Central Valley for more than 15 years and can help you and your healthcare provider choose a provider that works with your insurance company.
  • Weight Loss - ​The most common cause of OSA is obesity, so losing weight is important for those who are over-weight regardless of OSA severity. For mild sleep apnea, this might be enough.