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.
Current as of: June 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine