Treating OSA

Treatment Options for Snoring and Sleep Apnea:

There are  several different options that patients have when it comes to the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea or snoring.  In a recent medical study, statistics have shown that a growing number of people are beginning to use multiple different treatments to reach the desired results they are looking for.  This has also led to better overall health for the long term too.

After you have undergone a sleep study, you will next have a meeting usually with a sleep doctor who will explain the results and your options.  Here is a list of OSA treatments that are very common.  They are also used to stop snoring.

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy CPAP
    • is the most common sleep apnea treatment
    • is 100% effective in curing sleep apnea when used properly
    • is often covered by medical insurance and Medicare
    • CPAP is a lifelong treatment that you have to use forever with few exceptions
    • This is using a mask that is connected to a vaccum which blows air into your airway all night.
    • CPAP stops snoring quickly
    • CPAP can be adjusted to different pressures
  • Surgery
    • goal is to open up and enlarge the airway of sleep apnea patients to help breathing
    • several different types of sleep apnea surgeries
      • nasal surgery
      • Uvulopalatal surgery
      • lower jaw advancement surgery
      • radiofrequency surgery
      • pharyngoplasty surgery
    • sometimes sleep apnea surgery is painful
    • often times, there are multiple surgeries needed to fix OSA or snoring
    • surgery is often not a permanent fix of snoring, but can last for several years or more
    • sleep apnea surgery is often several thousand dollars but often covered by insurance
  • Oral Appliances Therapy (Mandibular Advancement Devices for Snoring)
    • dental devices which can help cure snoring and sleep apnea
    • constructed by taking impressions at a dental office
    • usually covered by insurance except Medicare currently
    • oral appliance therapy can be combined with CPAP therapy for OSA
    • oral appliances can range in price from $500-$5,000 depending on the manufacturer and doctor
    • oral appliances are not recommended as a first line of treatment for severe OSA patients