What is CPAP?

The CPAP mask, short for continuous positive airway pressure, is a commonly prescribed device and is the frontline treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea and CPAP

How does CPAP work?

The CPAP mask increases air pressure in the throat by providing a constant stream of air through a mask worn while sleeping. This steady stream of air prevents the airway from collapsing, allowing snorers to breathe easily and consistently, while eliminating the breathing pauses caused by sleep apnea.

The CPAP mask consists of a small air pressure generator connected by a hose to a snug fitted nasal mask or full-face mask. Most machines are small, lightweight and relatively quiet.

In order to be effective, the CPAP mask should be worn every night for the entire time you are sleeping.