Understanding Sleep Apnea CPAP

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices are one of the most popular ways to treat people who suffer from sleep apnea. A sleep apnea CPAP device includes a small machine, a mask or nose piece, hose and a fan. The device uses air pressure to push your tongue forward and open your throat. This allows air to pass through your throat. It reduces snoring and prevents apnea disturbances.

A CPAP device is not a cure for sleep apnea. But, is considered first-line treatment for mild, moderate, or severe obstructive sleep apnea. When CPAPs are used correctly, sleep problems usually get much better.

There are three types of sleep apnea: 1) central sleep apnea (CSA) caused an interruption of the signal from the brain that controls breathing during sleep, 2) obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the throat collapses during sleep causing an individual to snort and gasp for breath and 3) complex sleep apnea which is a mixed of both.

The following video briefly describes obstructive sleep apnea.

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