Treatments for sleep apnea include lifestyle changes, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral breathing devices, medication and surgery. A key lifestyle change that may be effective in treating sleep apnea is losing weight, according to WebMD. Doctors are likely to recommend such lifestyle changes before other forms of treatment.
CPAP is typically the first medical treatment. This involves the use of a breathing machine to prevent airways from closing while the patients sleep. This treatment has been shown to decrease daytime tiredness and blood pressure, as stated by WebMD.
An oral breathing device may also be useful in treating sleep apnea by repositioning the tongue and jaw to keep airways open.