The primary treatment for moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP therapy involves a mask that is placed over the nose and/or mouth, the mask is hooked up to a small blower that gently blows air into your throat. The flowing air keeps your airway open and your breathing constant.
If a person has difficulty with the mask, nasal prongs that fit into the nostrils can be used. For persons who have a problem with mouth leaks, a chinstrap and nasal mask that covers the nose and mouth is available. Thousands of people with sleep apnea are using PAP therapy and have experienced relief of signs and symptoms.