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What is an automatic positive airway pressure (APAP) device for sleep apnea?

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An automatic positive airway pressure (APAP) device gently pumps air through a face mask to prevent your upper airway from collapsing during sleep apnea.

SOURCES:

American Association of Speech Technologists: “Pros and Cons of APAP Therapy.”

American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST): “Comparison of CPAP Versus APAP,” “Pros & Cons of APAP Therapy.”

American Sleep Apnea Association: “CPAP vs. APAP.”

Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: “Treatment of Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Positive Airway Pressure: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine Clinical Practice Guideline.”

National Institutes of Health: “Sleep Apnea Information Page,” “Sleep Apnea.”

UpToDate: “Initiation of positive airway pressure therapy for obstructive sleep apnea in adults.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 21, 2020

SOURCES:

American Association of Speech Technologists: “Pros and Cons of APAP Therapy.”

American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST): “Comparison of CPAP Versus APAP,” “Pros & Cons of APAP Therapy.”

American Sleep Apnea Association: “CPAP vs. APAP.”

Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: “Treatment of Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Positive Airway Pressure: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine Clinical Practice Guideline.”

National Institutes of Health: “Sleep Apnea Information Page,” “Sleep Apnea.”

UpToDate: “Initiation of positive airway pressure therapy for obstructive sleep apnea in adults.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 21, 2020

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