Sleep Apnea and Treatment with CPAP Machine

Paul Sweeney, RRT, discusses the most common treatment for sleep apnea.

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Paul Sweeney, RRT, discusses the most common treatment for sleep apnea.
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Featuring Paul Sweeney, RRT

Duration: 1 minute

The most common treatment for sleep apnea surprisingly is a sleep apnea machine that you have to wear at night.

It's not pretty, but it works. If there was a simpler way to do this such as surgery, we would do it, but there's not. This is a small bedside pump that produces air, that hooks up to a hose, that's attached to a mask that you wear on your nose.

The pressure in the mask is blown into your airway and it prevents the tissue and the jaw from blocking your airway. If you think you have sleep apnea and you think that CPAP might be something that would be a treatment for you, the best thing to do is to go to your family doctor, to get a referral to a sleep doctor.

Presenter: Mr. Paul Sweeney, Sleep Specialist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Sleep Specialist

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