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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What treatment options are available for sleep apnea?

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    A/Prof Nicholas Stow

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    Clinical Associate Professor Nicholas Stow completed his specialist training in NSW, then undertook 2 years of subspecialty training in Sinus and Nasal Surgery in Switzerland … View Profile

    The treatment options for sleep apnoea depend on its severity and other factors in your medical assessment. Broadly, they consist of weight loss, avoiding certain sleep positions, dental devices, CPAP (a machine which delivers air under positive pressure, via a mask, to your nose and throat) or surgery. A sleep physician is the best person to discuss the options best suited to you.

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    Dr Krishan Gupta

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Dr Krishan Gupta is specialist in Respiratory & Sleep Medicine (FRACP) as well as General Medicine(FRACP) Director, SomnoScience Sleep Services ( Sleep lab for sleep … View Profile

    There are various treatment options available depending upon the severity of the disease and co-morbid medical conditions.

    For mild OSA, lifestyle modification itself may be enough (reduce weigh, stop smoking and reduce alcohol intake etc) with or without anti-snoring startegy (eg mouth guards, ENT surgery etc).
    For moderately severe OSA, treatment options may include CPAP or Mandibular advancement splints through Dentists specialising in OSA treatment, ENT surgery or some of the novel treatments like PROVENT. Treatment in moderate disease also takes into account other medical comorbidities eg cardiovascular disease, gastro-esophageal reflux etc.

    For severe OSA, CPAP is the gold standard treatment.

    LIfestyle modification and management of co-morbid medical condition are important as well in all the OSA patients

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    Vaughan Elphick

    HealthShare Member

    Hi there, I'm just wondering, I'd like an opinion as I just came back from a sleep lab and they didn't find I had sleep apnea, yet I'm curious as to why I always am tired so I downloaded an app on my smartphone and I can hear myself snoring to the point where I sound like a choke slightly then wake up multiple times per night..... it has happened in the past where I can remember this happening (especially when I sleep on my back etc) but recently not, so that's why I thought I'd record myself and found the above.

    Any advice? 

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