Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Obstructive sleep apnea and snoring occur when tissues of the upper airway, the tongue and the throat relax during sleep. Relaxation of these tissues and muscles causes an obstruction and vibration of the airway, making breathing difficult and noisy.This is called snoring. Eventually, the tissues of the airway collapse resulting in a breathing pause or apnea. As a result, you must work harder to breathe and oxygen in the blood is reduced.
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