NICE technology appraisal guidance
Issued: March 2008

Continuous positive airway pressure for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome

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1 Guidance

1.1 Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is recommended as a treatment option for adults with moderate or severe symptomatic obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome (OSAHS).

1.2 CPAP is only recommended as a treatment option for adults with mild OSAHS if:

  • they have symptoms that affect their quality of life and ability to go about their daily activities, and

  • lifestyle advice and any other relevant treatment options have been unsuccessful or are considered inappropriate.

1.3 The diagnosis and treatment of OSAHS, and the monitoring of the response, should be carried out by a specialist service with appropriately trained medical and support staff.