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Diagnosis and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults

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What To Discuss With Your Patients and Their Caregivers

Things you should discuss with your patients and their caregivers regarding obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and its detection and treatment include:

  • The serious negative health outcomes associated with OSA. 
  • Evidence is lacking for many long-term outcomes; however, intermediate outcomes such as sleepiness and the number of episodes of apnea and hypopnea can be improved.
  • The diagnostic and screening tools available to test for and evaluate OSA status and severity. 
  • The potential benefits and adverse events associated with CPAP, MAD, and other treatment options – including the importance of compliance.
  • Patient preferences regarding diagnosis and treatment.