Sleep Apnea Medical Reference
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
- Can a Mouth Guard Work Better Than CPAP for Sleep Apnea?
Learn about two treatment options for sleep apnea: a mouth guard or CPAP device.
- Meet Your Narcolepsy Care Team
You’ve been diagnosed with narcolepsy. Learn which health care professionals can give you the best care.
- Waking Up With Sore Throat: What to Know
If your throat is dry and scratchy and you find it painful to swallow, you may have a sore throat. Viral infections are the common cause, but sore throats can be a sign of allergies or a sleep disorder.
- Sleep Apnea: Latest Research
Untreated sleep apnea can increase risks for heart disease and other complications. What researchers have learned about this sleep disorder has led to new treatments.
- Can Medications Help With Sleep Apnea?
There’s no pill for sleep apnea, but some prescription and over-the-counter drugs may help with symptoms or causes of the condition.
- What Is Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)?
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is a huge word for surgery to treat obstructive sleep apnea on your uvula, soft palate, and other tissue in your throat area. But it’s not for everyone. Find out whether UPPP might help your severe snoring or OSA.
- Sleep Apnea: Meet Your Health Care Team
Who should you see for diagnosis and treatment of your sleep apnea? Learn who might be on your health care team as you manage this sleep disorder.
- Things That Can Make Sleep Apnea Worse
Sleep apnea can leave you feeling tired and sluggish, and even lead to serious health problems. Learn more about things you might be doing that can make it worse.
- What Is Sleep Hygiene?
Ever wonder why it's so hard for you to get a good night's sleep? Your sleep hygiene may be the problem.
- The Cost of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea costs can add up -- for your health and your wallet. Learn more about what you’ll pay for testing and treatment.
- Tips for Managing CPAP Discomfort
Your CPAP device might take some getting used to, but with a little effort, you can manage any discomfort and get a good night’s rest.
- Remedies for Snoring
Learn home remedies and medical treatments to help reduce or eliminate snoring and improve your quality of sleep.
- Surgery Options for Sleep Apnea
There are several ways to treat sleep apnea. But if devices and lifestyle changes don’t help, your doctor might suggest one of these surgeries to help you sleep better.
- Central Sleep Apnea in Children
In central sleep apnea (CSA), your brain doesn’t signal your muscles properly, so you stop breathing briefly or breathe so lightly that you don’t get enough oxygen. Learn how it's diagnosed and treated in children.
- Best Pillows for Snoring
Pillows that put you in a better sleep position can help with snoring. Learn how they work, and which type might be best for you.
- Hypopnea: What to Know About This Sleep Disorder
Hypopnea is part of the same sleep disorder as apnea. Learn the key ways that hypopnea differs from apnea, and how it’s diagnosed and treated.
- What Is ASV?
If you have sleep apnea, are there any devices that help other than CPAPs? Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) is a newer, smart device that adjusts air pressure as your breathing changes during sleep. Find out if ASVs may be right for you and their possible risks.
- What Is Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP)?
Several machines might help lessen the poor sleep that’s part of sleep apnea. Learn how to tell the difference between machines, and whether an APAP device might work better for you.
- Sleep Apnea Treatments Compared
How do you and your doctor pick the best treatment for your breathing, snoring, or sleep problems? Positive airway pressure (PAP) devices, oral appliances, and even surgery may treat sleep apnea. Find out how these therapies work and their possible side effects.
- What Is a BiPAP?
If you have sleep apnea, your doctor may have mentioned a bilevel positive airway pressure machine (BiPAP). But what is it?
- What Is Pickwickian Syndrome?
Pickwickian syndrome is a kind of disordered breathing problem that's commonly caused by obesity. Learn more about what causes it, symptoms of Pickwickian syndrome, and more.
- Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI)
AHI numbers (Alpha Hypopnea Index) are a method doctors use to classify the severity of sleep apnea in a person. Learn more about what these numbers mean for your sleep.
- Causes of Sleep Apnea
From a deviated septum to tonsillitis to alcohol use, OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea, has many possible causes. Learn more from WebMD.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Gadgets and Devices
Learn about gadgets, devices, and strategies for treating obstructive sleep apnea, including CPAP machines, mouth devices, position pillows, and the tennis ball technique.
- 14 Ways Sleep Apnea Can Hurt Your Health
Obstructive sleep apnea – disruptive snoring – is linked to conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease and other hazards to your health.
- Mouth Devices for Sleep Apnea
WebMD describes the different types of mouth devices used to treat sleep apnea including CPAP and mouth guards.
- Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that happens when someone’s breathing stops and starts during sleep. Learn more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and risk factors of this disorder.
- 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.
- Sleep Apnea Symptoms
WebMD provides an overview of sleep apnea symptoms.
- Sleep Apnea Treatments
Sleep apnea treatments can include lifestyle changes and surgery. Learn more about treatment options for sleep apnea.