CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, a specific type of breathing therapy consisting of a small machine that supplies constant and steady room air through a tube and a mask or nose piece.
The CPAP machine delivers a stream of compressed air via a plastic tube to a nasal pillow (fits under the nose), nose mask (fits over the nose) or full-face mask (fits over the nose and mouth), splinting the airway (keeping it open under air pressure) so that normal breathing becomes possible, reducing and/or preventing sleep apnea.
CPAP has the additional benefit of reducing or eliminating the extremely loud snoring that often accompanies sleep apnea.
Most CPAP machines also have an integrated humidifier for extra comfort. They can transmit data to our doctors so that they can make sure that you are getting the most benefit from the CPAP treatment.