Lakes DHB Sleep Service
Public Service, Respiratory
Treatment for OSA - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is the best standard treatment for OSA.
- A CPAP machine is a pump which delivers air pressure.
- The air travels from the machine through a tube to a mask on the nose and/or mouth providing pressure which supports the muscles at the back of your throat to keep them open during sleep.
- The CPAP machine is always used during sleep to stop you snoring and having apnoeas and to improve your sleep quality.
- Daytime sleepiness should improve.
- It needs to be used for a minimum of five hours (preferably uninterrupted for the whole period of sleep). Use it each time you sleep, day or night.
- CPAP is not a cure for OSA. It keeps OSA under control and prevents problems which OSA causes.
- Always take it with you when you travel or go into hospital.
- When travelling overseas it must go with you as hand luggage on the plane.