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British Columbia Specific Information
Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is a generic term applied to therapy devices that treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by using a stream of compressed air to support the upper airway during sleep. PAP therapy should only be prescribed by a referring practitioner (physician or nurse practitioner) or specialist after a patient has undergone a physical evaluation and appropriate diagnostic testing.
The Positive Airway Pressure Buyer's Guide was created by the Ministry of Health to support patients when purchasing a Positive Airway Pressure device. It includes information on:
- Machine and mask types
- Machine options and features
- Funding options
- Provider details, including location and contact information
The Buyer's Guide does not endorse any particular therapy and is not a substitute for expert clinic advice. Rather, it is intended to augment current informational materials that may be provided to patients and referring practitioners.