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How does CPAP help treat sleep apnea?

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Benefits of CPAP include keeping your airways open while you sleep, easing snoring, improving sleep quality, relieving daytime sleepiness, and lowering blood pressure.

Although you will likely feel better rested and alert once you start CPAP, getting used to the device can take some time. Some people have difficulty sleeping the first few nights of treatment.

From: Mouth Devices for Sleep Apnea WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Ohio State University Medical Center: "Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is CPAP?"

MedlinePlus: "Nasal CPAP."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Obstructive sleep apnea - Dental Devices."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Taking a Bite Out of OSA."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Breathing Easier."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Treatment Options for Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea."

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Continuous Positive Airway Pressure."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

SOURCES:

The Ohio State University Medical Center: "Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is CPAP?"

MedlinePlus: "Nasal CPAP."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Obstructive sleep apnea - Dental Devices."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Taking a Bite Out of OSA."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Breathing Easier."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Treatment Options for Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea."

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Continuous Positive Airway Pressure."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

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