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  1. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a procedure that removes excess tissue in the throat to make the airway wider.

  2. Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring

    Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are surgeries that remove the tonsils and adenoids.

  3. Sleep Apnea: Oral Devices - Topic Overview

    Oral devices (also called oral appliances or mandibular repositioning devices) are sometimes used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). They push the tongue and jaw forward, which makes the airway larger and improves airflow. This also decreases the chance that tissue will collapse and narrow the airway when you breathe in. See a picture of a mandibular repositioning device (MRD).Oral breathing devices are sometimes a reasonable alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Although oral breathing devices generally do not work as well as CPAP, they may be considered for people who:1, 2Have mild or moderate sleep apnea.Prefer not to use or who have failed CPAP treatment.Had surgery that did not work.Tried behavioral changes that did not work.Are at a healthy weight.Choose a dentist or orthodontist who has experience fitting these devices. And go back to your dentist for regular check-ups to make sure the device still fits well.Oral breathing devices can improve sleep

  4. Stages of Sleep Apnea - Topic Overview

    Sleep apnea occurs when you regularly stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. It can be mild,moderate,or severe,based on the number of times an hour that you stop breathing (apnea) or that airflow to your lungs is reduced (hypopnea). This is called the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI). Mild apnea. Mild apnea is defined as 5 to 14 episodes of apnea or reduced airflow to the lungs ...

  5. Tracheostomy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Tracheostomy is sometimes used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In this surgery, the surgeon creates a permanent opening in the neck to the windpipe (trachea). He or she then puts a tube into the opening to let air in.

  6. Sleep Apnea

    Learn more from WebMD about sleep apnea, a disruptive and potentially dangerous sleep disorder.

  7. Obstructive Sleep Apnea: 5 Self-Care Strategies

    Getting medical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is important, but it’s not the only way to improve OSA symptoms. These are the five self-care strategies most often recommend by experts.

  8. Sleep Apnea Tests and Diagnosis

    If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, your doctor may ask you to have a sleep study. Here's what to expect.

  9. Sleep Apnea and Related Health Conditions

    Obstructive sleep apnea -- disruptive snoring -- is linked to conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease and other hazards to your health. Learn more from WebMD.

  10. Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    From a deviated septum to tonsillitis to alcohol use, OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea, has many possible causes. Learn more from WebMD.

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