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
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.
Go to http://www.healthwise.net/ed
Enter X266 in the search box to learn more about "Learning About CPAP for Sleep Apnea."
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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