OSA is divided into three levels: Mild, Moderate, and Severe. These levels are based on the number and length of the episodes you have during the night. Your sleep physician will recommend the best treatment option based on the severity of your OSA.
The most well known and studied form of therapy is known as CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It involves wearing a face mask connected to a machine. The mask and machine must be worn all night and every night to be effective.
While CPAP is considered the gold standard there are alternative treatment options. For patients who fall into the Mild to Moderate range, patients who cannot tolerate CPAP, or patients who refuse CPAP there is Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).