CPAP masks have become much more comfortable than in years past, doctors say. But most of the time, they're probably not the first thing to try for sleep apnea. iStockphoto.com hide caption itoggle caption iStockphoto.com Shots - Health News Lose Weight Before Trying Other Sleep Apnea Treatments September 24, 2013 Surgery sounds like a quick cure for sleep apnea, but a review of the evidence by doctors found the operations can be risky and disappointing for many people. Masks and pumps that keep airways open at night are effective. And the equipment is more comfortable than it used to be.