How is OSA Treated?

The chosen form of treatment depends on the severity of OSA and patient factors.

General guidelines:

  • In an overweight person, weight loss is an important part of treatment. Even a small loss of weight can lead to improvement in symptoms of OSA.
  • Avoiding alcohol up to two hours before going to sleep and not using any sleeping tablets or tranquillisers can also help.
  • Nasal obstruction may respond to nasal decongestant sprays and smoking cessation.
  • For the patients whose sleep apnoea is worsened by lying on their back, positioning devices encourage sleep in other positions but are of limited value in very severe OSA.

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