Dr. McPherson describes the sleep apnea sleep aid called a CPAP machine.
The device called CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. It’s a device used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The way it works is by preventing the collapse of the upper airway with positive airway pressure. So, the interface is through a mask that is adjusted to fit over the nose or the nose and mouth. There’s a variety of interfaces that are available, and then the pressure, or air pressure is transmitted through a tube connected to this mask and the pressure level is adjusted to prevent the collapse of the upper airway so that each patient has their own pressure based on their needs.
This is an example of a mask used with CPAP equipment. This is a nasal mask that’s used over the nose with a headgear in place, and then this part of the device is hooked to the tubing that goes to the machine that provides the airway pressure.
About Dr. Charles D. McPherson, M.D.:
Dr. Charles D. McPherson is the Director of the Sleep Disorder Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also specializes in pulmonary diseases and internal medicine at the Pulmonary Specialist Group of Nevada.