Background Snoring and sleepiness are common presentations in general
Objective To describe the frequency, clinical findings, investigations and
management options for obstructive sleep apnoea.
Discussion Obstructive sleep apnoea should be considered in a range
of presentations. Diagnosis is based on history, examination,
investigation and, occasionally, a trial of therapy. Management
options should start with lifestyle management. Further options
include surgery, dental splints and continuous positive airway
pressure. Continuous positive airway pressure requires long
term input by both the patient and the general practitioner.
Common issues with the use of machines for the management of
sleep apnoea are also discussed.
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