Traditional Sleep Apnea Treatment
The gold standard for sleep apnea treatment for years has been a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device (CPAP). Patients wear a face or nasal mask during sleep. The mask, connected to a pump, provides a positive flow of air into the nasal passages in order to keep the airway open. Although the CPAP is an effective treatment, it has one major drawback. Patients consistently report that the CPAP is uncomfortable and many people do not use it at all as a result. Patients also have difficulties traveling with a CPAP machine, and many times will leave the device at home while traveling. If not worn, no benefit can be derived.