Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) is still considered by many the Gold Standard for the treatment for sleep apnea, especially for very severe cases. The goal is to keep the airway from collapsing using air pressure. A machine sits on your bedside table, pressurizes air, then blows that air through a tube, into a mask that is worn on your face while you sleep.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines have one pressure setting – the highest pressure you might need at any time during the night. The Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) machine is a newer, “smart” form of the CPAP. It monitors you and adjusts pressure based on your need throughout the night. APAPs tend to be much more comfortable for this reason. When a patient needs or prefers a machine, we tend to use an APAP.
These machines have come a long way – they are whisper quiet and the masks are much less obtrusive and more comfortable than they used to be.
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