Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is a prescribed and preferred treatment for the sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Alternatively, automatic positive airway pressure (APAP) and bi-level positive airway pressure (Bi-level PAP) therapy may also be used.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs during sleep when the upper airway repeatedly collapses causing breathing to stop become shallow. The preferred treatment of OSA is CPAP.