CPAP is a small machine that you use at home every night while you sleep. It increases air pressure in your throat to keep your airway open. When you have sleep apnea, this can help you sleep better so you feel much better. CPAP stands for "continuous positive airway pressure."
The CPAP machine will have one of the following:
CPAP is usually the best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. It is the first treatment choice and the most widely used. Your doctor may suggest CPAP if you have:
Some people who use CPAP have:
If you have any of these problems, work with the CPAP technician and your doctor to fix them. Here are some things you can try:
If these things do not help, you might try a different type of machine. Some machines have air pressure that adjusts on its own. Others have air pressures that are different when you breathe in than when you breathe out. This may reduce discomfort caused by too much pressure in your nose.
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Current as of: December 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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