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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Sleep Disorders Center

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

Continuous positive airway pressure therapy is considered the most effective nonsurgical treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP uses a machine to help a person who has obstructive sleep apnea breathe more easily during sleep by increasing air pressure in the throat so that the airway does not collapse while breathing in.