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What is the goal of sleep apnea treatment?

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The goal of sleep apnea treatment is to open your airway so you can breathe better at night. Many devices can help that happen. Among the most common options are CPAP machines, mouth appliances, and specially designed pillows.

SOURCES:

Bollig, S. September, 2010. Respiratory Care,

Oksenberg, A. November, 2006. Laryngoscope,

Vanderveken, O. July 15, 2008. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,

Ryan, S. online July 28, 2010. Journal of Sleep Research,

Sheri Katz, DDS, past president, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine; private practice dentist, Decatur, Ga.

Nancy Collop, MD, 2011-12 president, American Academy of Sleep Medicine; director, Emory University Sleep Center, and professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Apnea and Sleep."

American Sleep Apnea Association: “Treatment Options for Adults With Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Bollig, S. September, 2010. Respiratory Care,

Oksenberg, A. November, 2006. Laryngoscope,

Vanderveken, O. July 15, 2008. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,

Ryan, S. online July 28, 2010. Journal of Sleep Research,

Sheri Katz, DDS, past president, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine; private practice dentist, Decatur, Ga.

Nancy Collop, MD, 2011-12 president, American Academy of Sleep Medicine; director, Emory University Sleep Center, and professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Apnea and Sleep."

American Sleep Apnea Association: “Treatment Options for Adults With Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 15, 2018

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