Sleep and Aging

Frequently Asked Questions

20. How is sleep apnea usually treated?

The most effective and popular treatment for sleep apnea is nasal continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP. This device creates airway pressure that keeps the airway passages open.

To use the CPAP, the patient puts on a small mask that fits around the nose. Air pressure is delivered to the mask from a small, quiet air pump that sits at the bedside. The patient not only wears the mask at night but also during naps, since obstructions can occur during these times as well.