Although continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most recommended treatment for sleep apnea, David is among a small percentage of patients who can’t get used to the device. But he was well aware of the health risks of sleep apnea, and knew he couldn’t ignore the problem.
David opted for surgery to shrink his soft palate and remove his uvula; this type of operation can sometimes widen the airway enough so that it doesn’t become obstructed during sleep.
Surgery didn’t cure David’s sleep apnea, however. A few months after his operation, he and his wife noticed that his snoring was back, and he was again showing signs of sleep deprivation. Now, he’s pursuing other treatment options, and is determined to find one that works for him.