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Treating OSA

In some cases, you can improve your sleep and reduce your OSA symptoms by changing your lifestyle (for example, losing weight and quitting smoking) and practising good sleep habits. However, people with severe OSA or who have other medical issues, or who drive or operate machinery or aircraft for a living will need medical treatment.

Treatment options include:

Your doctor or sleep specialist can refer you for surgery if you meet the criteria. If you prefer, you can pay to see a private otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist). Find an otolaryngologist on:

On the next page: CPAP therapy

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Sleep Unit, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed August 2019.

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Review key: HIOSA-12505