What is a CPAP?

Continuous Positive Air Pressure machines are designed to help patients who have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA).  CPAP machines provide a positive air flow to the patient through a mask to keep the airway open so that the patient does not snore or stop breathing.  The positive air pressure keeps the obstruction out of the way and therefore the airway open.

The pressure of a CPAP machine is prescribed by a physician based on the results of a sleep study.  The measurements and recordings from a sleep study are used to determine the optimal pressure to prevent snoring and apneas.  The pressure should not be adjusted unless ordered by a physician.