Management of a patient with SDB requires a multidisciplinary team. Patients need to be counseled regarding all medical and surgical treatments that are available. CPAP therapy is considered first-line treatment. However, a referral for a surgical evaluation should be offered to patients, especially in those struggling to tolerate nasal CPAP. The surgeon must educate a patient regarding complications and expected efficacy. Patients should have a realistic expectation of outcomes. Armed with this knowledge, a patient can make an informed decision regarding their care.

Long-term cure rates similar to nasal CPAP can be achieved with surgery (84). A systematic evaluation of each patient and a rationale stepwise surgical approach are necessary to produce these outcomes. While not all procedures have similar outcomes, new technology is evolving to offer less invasive options to patients.

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