For some sleep apnea patients who can't or don't want to be treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, surgery is another option.
More about sleep apnea surgery
- The Downside of Sleep Apnea Surgery
- A Chronic Snorer's Surgery Success
- Health Risks of Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Surgery is more invasive and carries more risksand its results don't always last foreverbut surgery can often provide relief and freedom from sleeping with a mask and machine every night.
You can also ask your doctor about newer, cutting-edge procedures that are gaining popularity: Some include polyester throat implants, radiofrequency lasers, and tongue repositioning.