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What are the parts of a positive airway pressure (PAP) system?

Positive airway pressure (PAP) is the most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A PAP system contains:
  • A flow generator, which filters room air and creates the airflow.
  • An airflow delivery device -- a face mask that fits over your nose and mouth, a nose mask, or nasal pillows.
  • An airflow hose that connects the generator and delivery device. Some hoses pass through devices that humidify and/or warm the air for comfort.

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