Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea may include:
Your doctor will probably have you try lifestyle changes and CPAP first. Surgery might
be a first choice only if the sleep apnea is caused by a blockage that is
- Sleep Apnea: Should I Have Surgery?
You may need to be treated for other health problems
before you are treated for sleep apnea. For example:
- People who also have
inflammation of the nasal passages (rhinitis) may
need to use nose spray to reduce the inflammation.
- People who have an
underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) need to take thyroid
sleep apnea gets worse, talk to your doctor:
may need another complete
- You may need to adjust your
- You may be able to take medicine to help you stay awake during the day.
- You may
need treatment for
problems that sleep apnea may cause, such as
high blood pressure.
Treatment for children
Children have the same treatment options as adults. But
surgery (removing tonsils or adenoids) typically is the
first choice, because enlarged tonsils or adenoids cause most cases of sleep
apnea in children. If surgery isn't possible
or doesn't work, children are treated using CPAP.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Mark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
June 17, 2011
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