Treatments for sleep apnoea aim to reduce the number of breathing pauses experienced during sleep.
The most common treatment for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea is called CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure).
A device is used at night to deliver air into a lightweight mask fitted over the nose. The mask allows the air to gently flow into the back of the throat, keeping the airway open and preventing pauses in breathing.
CPAP therapy can:
- prevent airways from becoming blocked
- to improve the quality of sleep
- and therefore help to reduce the negative health effects of OSA
Many different types of devices and masks are available to suit the individual needs of the patient.