Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) for Sleep Apnea
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy uses a machine
to help a person who has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) breathe more easily
during sleep. A CPAP machine increases air pressure in the throat so your
airway does not collapse when you breathe in. You use CPAP at home every night
while you sleep.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerMark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine