Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) | Treatments

What are the treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea?

Getting care for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can have far-reaching positive effects on your child’s overall health.

If your child has been diagnosed with OSA, there are many effective treatments. These may include:

  • Weight loss for children who are overweight.
  • Nasal steroids and other medications to reduce nasal congestion, particularly in children who have allergies or asthma.
  • Oral (dental) appliances to open the airway.
  • Using a continuous or bi-level positive airway pressure (CPAP or BiPAP) machine to keep the airway open during sleep.
  • Muscle retraining of the upper airway (myofunctional therapy).
  • Surgery to remove the tonsils or adenoids (tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy) or to correct any abnormalities in facial structure.

Expert care for obstructive sleep apnea

At the Boston Children's Hospital Sleep Center, our approach to treatment is specifically geared to the needs of children. We provide close follow-up care using advanced methods and sleep-monitoring technologies.