This decision aid is designed for adults recently diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It provides information about OSA and treatment options.
This is not for:
This decision aid covers the 2 most popular, well-researched treatments for OSA:
1. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
2. Dental Appliance
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic (i.e., ongoing) sleep disorder. People with OSA experience stops, pauses, or shallow breathing when they sleep. An estimated two million Canadians have OSA. Many more people may have OSA and do not know it because they have not been tested.
OSA can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on:
Regardless of the choice you make about treatment, your doctor may recommend losing weight. Some overweight/obese people may reduce or cure their OSA by losing weight.
Untreated OSA may:
Researchers from the University of British Columbia have reviewed the published evidence and also relied on their experience treating people with OSA. The researchers have not been funded by the makers of any OSA treatments and they are impartial about which treatment you use.
The information in this decision aid does not replace the advice of a doctor. The University of British Columbia and the researchers who developed this decision aid disclaim any warranty or liability for your use of this information.