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    Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) for Sleep Apnea

    Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) for Sleep Apnea

    Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device

    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.

    By Healthwise Staff
    Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    Mark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
    Last Revised June 25, 2013

    Last Revised: June 25, 2013

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Mark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine

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