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The Nightly Fight to Breathe

Sleep apnea is a common syndrome in which pauses in breathing occur while you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is when the upper part of your throat narrows or closes completely. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that is disruptive to sleep and results in daytime fatigue, sleepiness, or tiredness. When the sleep apnea is moderate to severe, a number of other treatments are available. This illustration was created to explain various treatment options described in Dr. Nancy Collop’s article.

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Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

Treatments for obstructive sleep apnea may include: (from left) Oral appliance, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), hypoglossal nerve stimulation and surgery to open up airway.

Who is this for

Readers of the Emory Medicine Magazine and the general public.

The Result

The readers of Emory Medicine Magazine have a better understanding of the mechanics of sleep apnea and some of the treatment options.