CPAPContinuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP (pronounced sea-pap), is considered the gold standard treatment for the symptomatic relief of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Through a small airflow generating machine, pressurized air is delivered to the nose or face through a mask-like interface to act as a splint to keep the upper airway open. The amount of pressurized air that is required to keep the airway open and stop episodes of apnea, is prescribed by the sleep specialist following a sleep study called polysomnography.
With a CPAP prescription from a sleep specialist, a patient may choose a service provider such as Medigas to obtain a CPAP system and receive the related instruction on the proper use of CPAP. Auto-PAP (APAP) is similar to CPAP except the Auto-PAP constantly adjusts the pressure within a treatment range that is set by your sleep physician. A bi-level positive airway pressure (Bi-level PAP) system, providing a unique pressure during the inspiratory phase and a unique pressure during the expiratory phase, may be prescribed by a sleep specialist for the treatment of OSA.