Are There Device Alternatives That You Can Use For Sleep Apnea?
I was reading an interesting article on a new sleep apnea device alternative that was just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and I think it may be an interesting option for a lot of sleep apnea suffers who have trouble using a CPAP machine.
This new device is a little pace-maker like device called the Inspire System, manufactured by a company called Inspire Medical Systems. The system consists of a breathing sensor, a stimulation lead and a small generator. Given that it is a surgical procedure, you would be considered as an out-patient and you would be given a general anaesthetic. The doctor would surgically implant the system under the skin of your neck and chest through three small incisions.
How The Device Works
The device is controlled by a small handheld remote that you turn on before bedtime and off when you get up in the morning. The device works inside your body and continuously monitors your unique breathing patterns and delivers mild stimulation to a specific nerve that prevents your tongue and throat muscles from relaxing too much while you sleep. This helps to keep the airway open.
Studies now show that almost half of all sleep apnea sufferers do not get optimum treatment from a CPAP machine, so you may want to consider this option as an alternative. Please visit Inspire Medical Systems for more information.