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SUNY Downstate 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.