Sleep apnea is an age-old problem that persists despite our modern advancements. For instance, a restful sleep eludes snorers because of the deadly breathing pauses and loud snoring that characterizes this condition. Many people lived with it for years without seeking treatment because they thought it was a normal discomfort some people are supposed to experience while sleeping that others do not. But along with the advancements in technology, we also realized that sleep apnea is a deadly disorder that needs to be treated like any other malady.
Conventional treatment for sleep apnea includes CPAP, anti-snoring mouthpieces like the SnoreRX and even surgery to correct anatomical deficiencies. Fortunately, there are more treatment options now than there was before and there are higher chances of really eradicating the symptoms and live snore-free for good. Some of these treatments may be invasive and not recommended for all people but it is worth a shot if you qualify and can afford it because of how effective it is so far.
Instead, Turner underwent a relatively new procedure: implanting a pacemaker-like device called Inspire for obstructive sleep apnea. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2014, the device is a remote-controlled chest implant plus two thin wires that runs under the skin monitoring a patient’s breath, delivering a mild electric current at night.
A clinical trial of Inspire therapy found a 78 percent reduction in the number of sleep apnea events per hour for patients.
“This is definitely an interesting solution for a good number of people,” said Capasso.
Inspire is an invasive procedure, so it is not recommended as a first-line treatment and not everyone is a candidate.
The price tag for the Inspire device is $20,000, with surgery costing extra. Insurance companies are reviewing requests on a case-by-case basis.
Aside from the major side effect of waking up with a sore tongue, this device ensures you sleep well each night and less likely to be bothered by sleep apnea anymore. Get yourself tested first to make sure you qualify in using it because not everyone is a good candidate.
Sleek design and an engaging smartphone app revolutionize the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) experience for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers.
The ResMed pocket-sized AirMini CPAP device weighs just 300 grams, but functions as a fully integrated system, offering proprietary AutoSet functionality, as well as the innovative HumidX and HumidX Plus built-in waterless heat and moisture exchangers (HMEs). Both HMEs capture the patient’s exhaled breath in the mask tube and redeliver it to them, allowing users to enjoy the benefits of humidification without the hassle of carrying around distilled water.
We all know that CPAP is the ideal treatment for sleep apnea but many people don’t like using it because it is not the most convenient thing to use especially that you have to sleep with it smack right on your face. The solution may be in the form of this mini CPAP device. It has all the features of the regular CPAP but way smaller in size and portable too, so you can also bring it with you when you travel. You no longer have to dread sleep because this mini CPAP device got everything covered. For maximum comfort, you can adjust its setting through the accompanying app that works on most smartphones or smart gadgets.
Beyond lifestyle changes and CPAP, specialists have a range of other approaches to treat sleep apnea. Choosing the right therapy depends upon determining the source of the problem and on patient preference. We start with a careful and thorough evaluation, including physical examination, a detailed medical history, an overnight sleep study and an endoscopy to look at the airways and arrive at the correct diagnosis.
For patients with large tonsils or an elongated soft palate, treatment can include removing the tonsils and shortening the palate. Another approach, especially when patients have excess or enlarged tissue at the back of the tongue, is transoral robotic surgery to remove the excess tissue, or radio frequency ablation which shrinks the tongue or soft palate.
In other cases, the very structure of the upper or lower jaw is the culprit. To eliminate the condition, oral surgeons can actually advance the upper and lower jaws to open up the airway. These procedures have a high success rate, sometimes accompanied by an unintended consequence: a better-looking jaw line!
Everyone is unique and they react differently to these treatments. It is always a great idea to see your doctor first before deciding which treatment you want so that proper assessment can be made. While many conventional sleep apnea treatments haven’t fully delivered relief from the disorder yet, newer technologies are being developed that shows more promise. You can always try a different technology if the current one fails to provide comfort and relief.