Oxygen treatment may help ensure the lungs get enough oxygen while sleeping.
If narcotic medicine is causing the apnea, the dosage may need to be lowered or the medicine changed.
How well a patient does depends on the medical condition causing central sleep apnea.
The outlook is usually favorable for persons with idiopathic central sleep apnea.
Complications may result from the underlying disease causing the central sleep apnea.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is usually diagnosed in patients who are already severely ill.
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Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.