Positive airway pressure (PAP) for obstructive sleep apnea

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Learn how positive airway pressure helps treat obstructive sleep apnea in children.

Key points

  • Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy may be used on its own or with other treatments for obstructive sleep apnea.
  • PAP therapy uses a device that blows air under pressure into your child's airway. The pressure keeps your child's airway open while they sleep and makes breathing easier.
  • Your child will have a sleep study to set the pressure on the PAP device.
  • For your child's comfort and for the PAP to work best, it is important that the mask fits properly. You should not fasten the mask and headgear too tightly.
  • Your child will have another sleep study after they start using PAP therapy to make sure everything is working normally and to see if the amount of pressure that has been prescribed needs to change.
Last updated: September 19th 2013