New Sleep Apnea Treatments
It is currently estimated that 18-20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Right now, the most common treatment for the disorder is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). This involves pressurized air pumped into a mask worn over the nose, designed to keep the airway open and breathing regular during sleep. Though this treatment is effective, many patients who try CPAP find the mask bulky and uncomfortable, eventually giving up on it altogether. New sleep apnea treatments are surfacing that may provide relief for those unable to consistently use CPAP.
Sleep Apnea “Pacemaker”
A recently FDA approved sleep apnea device that functions like a pacemaker, is predicted to change the face of both old and new sleep apnea treatments. This device can treat patients suffering from moderate to severe sleep apnea. So far, the results have been impressive, with 68% of patients experiencing sleep apnea symptom reduction during clinical trials.
How This New Device Works
This tiny device is implanted in the chest and delivers electrical impulses to the nerve in the neck controlling the tongue and those throat muscles that keep your airway open. Through innovative new technology, this device senses when the body is trying to breathe and reacts with nerve stimulations as needed. Doctors agree that this therapy is representative of a major leap forward as far as new sleep apnea treatments go.
What This Device Can Improve
Patients using this device reported better daytime functioning and overall improved quality of life afterward. Sleep apnea symptoms including snoring, frequent night awakenings, and breath stoppages during sleep were significantly reduced thanks to this device, one of the new sleep apnea treatments on the market. Thanks to this treatment, patients also experienced a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and accident involvement. Doctors predict this device will alter the way sleep apnea is treated in the future.
Individuals suffering from sleep apnea and interested in this new treatment, should schedule a consultation with our sleep apnea doctor. Our doctor can assess your need for this and other sleep apnea treatments, including CPAP, an oral appliance, or in some rare cases surgery.
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