CPAP machines are used in the treatment of Sleep Apnea by providing continuous positive airway pressure to prevent obstruction of the airways. The CPAP machine stops the airway muscles from narrowing during sleep by delivering a continuous flow of compressed air via a nasal or full faced mask. CPAP therapy is a natural treatment compared to a medication treatment. A sleep study must be completed before treatment with a CPAP machine can begin.
The pressure produced by the CPAP machine is prescribed by a sleep physician after a review of a sleep study. CPAP machines are highly effective in the treatment of sleep apnea, excessive snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness and nighttime restlessness.
CPAP therapy is ongoing due to chronic nature of sleep apnea. Improvement of quality of sleep and life is often seen shortly after beginning CPAP treatment and will continue throughout the use of the CPAP machine.