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Diagnosis and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults

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Background: Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (2 of 2)

Surgical options may be used alone or in combination, depending on the patient’s anatomy and tolerance for surgery and the surgeon’s discretion. Because obesity is an underlying cause of obstructive sleep apnea for many patients, weight loss can be an effective definitive treatment. Other treatment options available are positional therapy and alarms, oropharyngeal exercises, nasal dilator strips, atrial overdrive pacing, acupuncture and auricular plaster therapy, and drug therapies (ventilatory stimulants or REM sleep suppressants).