Treatment of sleep apnea initially involves conservative, or non surgical treatments, including weight loss when indicated, positional changes during sleep and use of a continuous positive airway pressure device.
Surgical management of sleep apnea may include CPAP machine use, laser assisted uvuloplasty, radiofrequency treatment of the palate, or a uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
A continuous positive airway pressure device, or CPAP machine, is a device in which a mask is worn at night and air is delivered under pressure to overcome overcome airway obstruction. Many find that while wearing this device, they experience a much improved sleep pattern with an overall better night's sleep. CPAP devices are very effective in the management of sleep apnea.
Some patients find, however, that the CPAP device is cumbersome and difficult to use. Some patients, in fact, will use CPAP for a year or two and then opt for surgical therapy. CPAP, however, remains the best non-surgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.