Conservative Treatment of OSA
Aims of treatment therefore in OSA
- Control of symptoms
- Minimise mortality risk.
The principle in treatment is to overcome the tendency of the upper airway to collapse.
This can be achieved by:
CPAP is a machine that detects the collapse of the airway and increasing the airway pressure to prevent the airway from collapsing. While it is effective, compliance (long term usage) is poor. Patients who stop using CPAP will revert back to pretreatment stage.
Oral Appliances can be helpful in patient that cannot tolerate the CPAP machine.
Weight Reduction will also help in reducing Snoring & Sleep Apnoea