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What is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in relation to sleep apnea?

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Continuous positive airway pressure -- also called CPAP – treats sleep apnea with a mask worn over your nose and/or mouth in bed. The mask is hooked up to a machine that delivers a continuous flow of air into the nose. This air flow helps keep the airways open so that breathing is regular. CPAP is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. There's also bi-level positive airway pressure, or BPAP, which is similar to CPAP but the air flow changes when you breathe in and then breathe out.

From: Sleep Apnea Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The National Sleep Foundation. National Institutes of Health. WebMD Medical News: "Sleep Apnea Implant Gets Another Boost." News release, FDA. American Sleep Apnea Association.




 

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on March 10, 2018

SOURCES: The National Sleep Foundation. National Institutes of Health. WebMD Medical News: "Sleep Apnea Implant Gets Another Boost." News release, FDA. American Sleep Apnea Association.




 

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on March 10, 2018

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