CPAP: What is it?

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy (C-PAP) is one of the most common treatments for sleep apnea.
  • CPAP treatment utilizes a lightweight machine to increase the air pressure in your throat to prevent the collapse of your airway to help you breathe normally while you sleep.
  • You use the CPAP machine each night at home while you sleep.

How does CPAP work?

The CPAP machine consists of a pump that takes in air and gently sends it through a tube that is connected to a comfortable mask that you wear while you sleep. The mask, which will be fitted to conform to the shape and contours of your face, delivers the additional air pressure required to keep your airway open while you sleep so that you can breathe and sleep comfortably.

What are the expected benefits of CPAP?

  • Medical studies have shown that continued CPAP use has reduced fatigue and daytime sleepiness in patients who have moderate to severe sleep apnea.
  • Lowered blood pressure in patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
  • Patients who have coronary artery disease who use CPAP to treat sleep apnea are less likely to experience heart problems.

Why do people choose CPAP as a treatment for sleep apnea?

Over the course of many years, CPAP has consistently been shown to be the most effective, nonsurgical approach to treating sleep apnea.