CPAP (see-PAP) stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and is considered by sleep experts to be the gold standard for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). CPAP works by blowing room temperature air into your airway while you sleep, inflating your airway like a balloon.
CPAP is used by millions of adults every night and has been considered the most effective treatment for OSA for decades. CPAP has been extensively researched and the scientific community has found that nightly CPAP use may have the following benefits:
- Treats snoring and OSA
- Improves energy
- Increases chances of weight loss
- Reduces blood pressure
- Normalizes accident risk
CPAP machines sit on your bedside table while you sleep and connect to a tube and mask that you wear over your nose while you sleep. The tube and mask needs to be kept clean and regularly replaced to ensure that CPAP therapy is working. CPAP machines will last for many years but do need to be replaced. Many of the newer CPAP machines use heated humidifiers and heated tubes to make daily use more comfortable. There are many different mask options as well. Patients are encouraged to try many different types of masks find the most comfortable fit.