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What is the mode of action of a c-pap machine for sleep apnea?

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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 39 years experience
Positive Air: The CPAP machine provides a gentle stream of air to act as a pneumatic stent to hold open your airway during sleep. I use one myself and find it quite easy and comfortable. For those who cannot tolerate it, (and your md approves) i suggest that you see a dentist who is trained in treatment of sleep apnea. An oral appliance may be helpful for you.
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Keep from choking: Obstructive sleep apnea, the kind treated with cpap, is caused by a relaxation of the neck muscles resulting in physical blockage of the airway. CPAP delivers pressure that stents the airways and keeps them open so you can breathe freely.
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Last updated Sep 24, 2016

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