Sleep and Aging

Frequently Asked Questions

21. Are there other treatments for sleep apnea?

People who are diagnosed with sleep apnea should try to lose weight if possible. Also, adjusting your body position during the night may benefit you if you experience sleep apnea more often when you lie on your back.

If you have a mild case of sleep apnea, sometimes a dental device or appliance can be helpful. If your condition is more severe and you don't tolerate other treatments, your doctor may suggest surgery to increase the airway size in the mouth and throat. One common surgical method removes excess tissue from the back of the throat.