CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure”. CPAP is a treatment that delivers slightly pressurized air during the breathing cycle. This makes breathing easier for persons with obstructive sleep apnea and other respiratory problems.
How Does Nasal CPAP Help?
Nasal CPAP is given through a mask that is placed and secured over the person’s nose or nose and mouth. Slight positive pressure is used to increase the amount of air breathed in without increasing the work of breathing.
A similar machine, called BiPAP (for bilevel positive airway pressure) is used as an alternative to CPAP.
You Can’t Go Wrong With A CPAP Device
It can take some time to become used to a CPAP device. However, most people who receive help from a respiratory therapist or doctor are able to use and benefit from the machine.