continuous positive airways pressure

continuous positive airways pressure,

n the preferred therapy used to treat obstructive sleep apnea in which a nasal mask is used to facilitate regular sleep patterns by applying sufficient force to keep the upper airways open. See also OSA.
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Persistent neuropsychological deficits and vigilance impairment in sleep apnea syndrome after treatment with continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP).
He said: "We recommend a Continuous Positive Airways Pressure device - a small breathing mask the sleeper wears to keep the airways open at night.
This continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) promises to enhance patient comfort and compliance by only delivering the CPAP pressure a patient needs rather than a fixed high pressure throughout the night.

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