Discover how CPAP Therapy works

What does CPAP mean?

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a device used during sleep, which generates airflow and offers this air smoothly through a mask, usually of the nasal model, which you attach to your face covering your nose. Depending on the need, the facial model that covers the nose and mouth is used. 

The continuous flow of air in the throat prevents the collapse of the airways - the cause of apnea - and helps prevent snoring, providing a more peaceful and restful sleep. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause other diseases like diabetes. 

Safe and efficient, CPAP therapy is the gold standard treatment for sleep apnea (1) .

How does CPAP Therapy work?

  • Compact equipment
    with a turbine that gently sends air

  • Humidifier
    is an accessory making its use more comfortable

  • Mask
    that you fit on your face overnight

  • Tube or trachea
    to connect the mask to the CPAP

The CPAP is a compact device with a silent turbine that gently sends air, generating pressure that is distributed by a mask that you place over your nose and possibly your mouth when you sleep.

The humidifier is an optional accessory integrated with the CPAP so that the air you breathe can also be warmed and humidified, making your use more comfortable.

Using CPAP necessarily requires a mask that you fit on your face overnight. There are several model options, with different shapes and sizes available. Selecting the ideal mask is essential to ensure the comfort and effectiveness of your treatment, so it is important to choose one that is perfect for you. 

A tube or trachea is required to connect the mask to the CPAP. And so, these are the components needed to start your CPAP therapy.

References

(1) Clinical Guidelines for the Manual Titration of Positive Airway Pressure in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Positive Airway Pressure Titration Task Force of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2008