What is CPAP?

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  • Nov 02, 2023

What is CPAP?

CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is a non-invasive treatment for sleep apnea. It involves wearing a mask connected to a machine that delivers a steady stream of pressurized air through the nose or mouth while you sleep. The pressurized air helps to keep your upper airway open and prevents it from collapsing, which can cause pauses in breathing during sleep.

CPAP is considered the gold standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common type of sleep apnea. OSA is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, which can lead to serious health problems, including:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Increased risk of accidents
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes

CPAP is highly effective in improving sleep quality and reducing daytime sleepiness in people with OSA. It can also help to reduce the risk of serious health problems associated with the condition.

In addition to OSA, CPAP can also be used to treat other sleep-related breathing disorders, such as central sleep apnea and hypopnea syndrome. CPAP can also be used in certain medical settings, such as hospitals and intensive care units, to help patients breathe more easily.

The use of CPAP may take some getting used to, but most people find that they can get used to it over time. There are also a variety of mask styles and sizes available to help ensure a comfortable fit.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, talk to your doctor about CPAP therapy. CPAP can help you get the restful sleep you need and improve your overall health.

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