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How does CPAP help treat central sleep apnea?

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With CPAP, you wear a mask over your nose and mouth. An air blower forces air through the nose and/or mouth. The air pressure is adjusted so that it is just enough to prevent your upper airway tissues from collapsing during sleep. The pressure is constant and continuous. CPAP prevents airway closure while it's used.

From: Central Sleep Apnea WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Physicians: "Sleep Apnea."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Sleep Apnea."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Sleep Apnea Information."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 30, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Physicians: "Sleep Apnea."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Sleep Apnea."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Sleep Apnea Information."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 30, 2018

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