Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has long been the gold standard of treatment for severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Newer data shows that CPAP is also effective in patients with mild to moderate OSA and daytime sleepiness.
A study recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine shows that CPAP treatment effectively reduces symptoms and improves quality of life in patients with mild to moderate OSA which represents the largest segment of the OSA population.
This study confirms what specialists have observed over many years of treating patients with OSA and daytime sleepiness. The use of CPAP results in reduced complaints of daytime sleepiness measured with the Epworth Sleepiness Scale.