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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is CPAP?

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a treatment that uses air pressure to keep your airways open while you sleep. CPAP is used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A CPAP machine connects the mask to the machine with a hose. Air pressure prevents your airway from collapsing or becoming blocked during sleep. Use your CPAP machine when you sleep, even when you nap. You may need to use a CPAP machine for the rest of your life.


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