Sleep apnea is a serious condition caused by a collapse of the upper airway during sleep. Sleep apnea can be caused by a variety of factors including weight gain, enlarged tonsils, an elongated palate, and nasal or sinus conditions causing nasal obstruction.
CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is the mainstay of treatment for sleep apnea. However, certain patients cannot tolerate CPAP.
Daytime fatigue, morning headache, poor sleep patterns, and snoring can be associated with sleep apnea and should be evaluated. Surgical and non-surgical options for the evaluation and treatment of sleep apnea are available.
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