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What is CPAP Therapy?
CPAP therapy otherwise known as constant positive airway pressure is the gold standard choice in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea boasting a significantly higher success rate than corrective surgery or dental appliances in moderate to severe cases. A pressure is applied gently to the airway to relieve flaccid anatomical muscle tone during sleep through an externally affixed mask. The patient’s perception is that similar to a fan, that translates into an airway splint or pressure to keep the airway open during sleep. Through repetitive use and as their pre-treatment symptoms subside, improved breathing is achieved. Most patients become accustomed to use and gradually become unaware or unbothered by the therapy. Refer to pictorials for visual impression of therapy.
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After a sleep test, he quickly set up my husband with a sleep machine, and our lives have not been the same!! My hubby said good-bye to restless legs, and lack of energy, and we are both enjoying the benefits of feeling rested!C.B.
Anatomy of a Blocked Airway