A New Sleep Apnea Device Alternative

By | May 24, 2016

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.

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6 thoughts on “A New Sleep Apnea Device Alternative

  1. Jennifer

    This is quite possibly the best alternative to the CPAP machine. My dad and my aunt (more that i know) have issues with the CPAP keeping it in place or sleeping through the noise…. waking up still feeling tired. It’s a struggle that I hate watching them deal with. I’ll bee watching this alternative very closely.

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    1. Shawn Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thanks very much for your comments. I personally don’t know anyone who has had this procedure, but you’re right, if people are having issues with their CPAP mask staying on properly, then this would be a very good alternative. I’ve been lucky in that I haven’t had any problems with my CPAP mask and I have a new machine now and it is really quiet.
      Regards,
      Shawn

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    2. Tom & Sherry pipchok

      Im a WA member and have sleep apnea this was an awesome site I watched the whole video on the inspire therapy. I didnt know of this. I havent used a cpap in 20 yrs couldnt handle it being on my face. I knew a little about a mouth piece device but never pursued that option thinking I couldnt handle something in my mouth with fear of choking but now This device I am definitely checking into it! I havent slept well in over 20 years its way over do! Thank you for this article! check out my site http://www.healthylifeforpets if you have pets you may like this. Its only half way done but already getting traffic and if you ever ordered pet supplys online use our affiliate links and support us we would appreciate. Will you get something if I click over off this site? I want to make sure it benefits you Thanks again Tom & Sherry

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      1. Shawn Post author

        Hi Tom and Sherry!
        Thank you very much for your comments. I’ve been hearing from a number of people how they have a problem wearing the CPAP mask. Fortunately for me I never had any problems adjusting to a mask. I do know a number of family and friends who have switched to a smaller nasal mask, so it only covers their nose as opposed to the nose and mouth mask that I wear. I’m glad you found the inspire therapy article interesting. I hope it is helpful for you. Unfortunately, there is no affiliation with them, so I won’t get anything, but if it helps you, then that’s the important thing. If you wanted to do something, I would certainly appreciate it if you looked at purchasing a book on sleep apnea from my site, but you’re certainly under no obligation to do so. I will look at your healthylifeforpets website. I have a 7 year old King Charles Spaniel, an 11 month old Golden Retriever and a 7 year old cat so I’m sure I’ll need some pet supplies.
        Best regards,
        Shawn

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  2. Tom Short

    I have tried the machine but it does not work as I roll over pushing away braking the seal.

    I tried a mouth guard and it was ok but fell out as soon as I fell asleep. My jaw always falls open when I go to sleep.

    On our news last night there was a chap in Brisbane Australia who has designed a special dentures combined mouth guard type with a thing at the back to help keep the passage open. It looks the way to go.

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    1. Shawn Post author

      Hi Tom,
      First off, thank you for your comments. I also get that sometimes, so it wakes me up for a second as I adjust my mask. I also tried a mouth guard but found that my jaw hurt when I woke up the next morning. My wife also said that it didn’t stop me from snoring, so I stopped using it. I’ll have to do a little more research into that new mouth guard you mentioned about. Sounds like it might be an interesting alternative.
      Regards,
      Shawn

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