Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A good night's sleep is closer than you think

Authors

  • Nirmala David TWU

Keywords:

obstructive sleep apnea, oral mandibular devices, hypoglossal nerve stimulation, hypoglossal nerve stimulation and cardiovascular outcomes

Abstract

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a pervasive problem that affects the adult population and it can lead to serious health complications. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the gold standard for treating OSA, however, noncompliance and nonadherence to CPAP therapy continues to be a challenge. Oral mandibular devices (OMD) and hypoglossal nerve stimulation (HNS) are alternative therapies used in patients who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. A comprehensive literature search was performed using reliable search engines using the PICO question and the results were analyzed. The benefits and deficiencies of the OMD and HNS were examined and identified. HNS seems to be a promising therapy for patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea who failed CPAP. However, HNS is an expensive invasive procedure with identified short-term benefits. However, long-term benefits and disadvantages are yet to be known.

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Published

2023-01-24

How to Cite

David, N. (2023). Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A good night’s sleep is closer than you think. TWU Student Journal, 2(1), 29–43. Retrieved from https://twusj-ojs-twu.tdl.org/twusj/article/view/49