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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services



Continuous positive airway
pressure for obstructive sleep
apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome

NICE `technology This leaflet is about when continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
appraisal guidance' should be used to treat adults with obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea
syndrome (sleep apnoea) in the NHS in…

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This may not be the What has NICE said?
only possible
CPAP is recommended as a possible treatment for adults with
treatment for sleep moderate or severe sleep apnoea.
apnoea. Your
CPAP may also be a possible treatment for people with mild sleep
specialist should apnoea, but only if:
talk…

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Continuous positive airway pressure
A CPAP device consists of a mask that is worn by the person during sleep,
which is connected to a pump that creates a flow of air. This airflow is
slightly pressurised, which stops the person's throat from closing or
narrowing during sleep.




What does this…

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More information
The organisation below can provide more information and support for
people with sleep apnoea. Please note that NICE is not responsible for the
quality or accuracy of any information or advice provided by this
organisation.
· The Sleep Apnoea Trust, 0845 606 0685
www.sleep-apnoea-trust.org
NHS Direct online (www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk)…

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