The traditionally prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. CPAP is often the first line of defense against sleep apnea because it yields excellent results if worn throughout the night, every night.

It involves sleeping with a face mask connected by tubing to a constantly running machine. Despite its effectiveness, up to half of patients don’t adhere to the treatment of using CPAP every night all night long. The CPAP machine must be kept clean to avoid bacteria and mold exposure. CPAP requires a prescription from a physician as does oral appliance therapy. CPAP machines do produce some noise however they are incredibly effective in the treatment of sleep apnea

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