Continuous positive airway pressure remains the best treatment method for a condition commonly called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
OSA is best described as a partial or complete blockage of the upper airway which occurs when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep.
A brief awakening is required to open the airway and restore normal breathing. This pattern of increased work on the body just to breathe leads to increased daytime sleepiness the next day and additional health problems may result.
A CPAP machine treats the OSA condition by preventing the airway from closing. A column of continuous filtered air is delivered through the nose to sustain an open airway and undisturbed sleep.