Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the main treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea. It is a pump connected to tubing and a mask which delivers a gentle stream of air to splint open the airway at night. The mask covers the nostrils or nose and sometimes the mouth. The type of mask worn is dependant on a number of factors including comfort and to reduce air leakage (e.g. ensuring an appropriate seal around the nose and/or mouth or whether a person typically breathes through their mouth while they sleep).

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Depending on the case an overnight study may be conducted at the laboratory or in the home to determine the most effective setting for the machine to alleviate symptoms of apnoea.

Please visit our About your Sleep Study page for more information about the sleep study process.

Refer to the information sheet below on using your CPAP at home

Using your CPAP at home

Sleep Health Foundation website information sheets

What is CPAP

CPAP - making it work for you