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Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by DOit, Nov 16, 2002.
Can OMM be used as a treatment option for people who have sleep apnea?
I would like to know more about this also.
There are 2 types of sleep apnea; central and obstructive.
Central sleep apnea results from a neurologic impairment.
Obstructive sleep apnea is secondary to obstruction of the upper airway either by an obese neck, large tonsils or some other structural defect.
For obstructive sleep apnea the treatment depends on the cause.
If you are obese , the you must loose weight. If you have large uvula or tonsils then surgery may be indicated. However CPAP at night is the standard treatment to keep the airway open. There are also dental appliances you can get for mild sleep apnea. The diagnosis is made by a sleep study under the supervision of a pulmonologist. Hope this helps.