A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device includes a breathing mask that you wear during sleep and a medical unit with a pump that delivers continuous positive air pressure. The device provides just enough consistent air pressure to keep your airways from closing.
The CPAP requires a long-term commitment and proper adjustment to achieve maximum clinical benefits and minimal side effects. To get the optimal benefits from your CPAP therapy, you will need a proper fitting mask that will give you a reliable seal as well as ease and comfort. There are 3 types of masks to choose from: full face masks cover your mouth and nose, nasal masks cover your nose only or nasal pillows that sit at your nostrils. Find out which one is right for you!
Therapy and treatment options
The good news is, there is hope. While for milder cases of sleep apnea, your health care practitioner may recommend lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, allergy treatment or quitting smoking. The treatment of choice for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP). CPAP is a mask that fits over the nose and/or mouth, and gently blows air into the airway to help keep it open during sleep.