New Devices for Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a debilitating, frustrating and life-altering condition. Symptoms can include fatigue, sleepiness, lack of focus, poor memory and series health issues including high blood pressure, heart failure, atrial fibrillation and stroke. Now there is new FDA approved treatment for both Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA).
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Treatment
The recommended treatment for OSA is a CPAP machine. The machine delivers a constant flow of air through tubing to a mask worn while a patient sleeps, however, this is not successful treatment for all people.
For those that CPAP is not successful, Metro Health offers a new device, Inspire, that provides upper airway stimulation. This device is implanted in the chest and a stimulator is placed at the base of the tongue in a minimally invasive procedure. When turned on with a remote, the device opens the patient’s airway using a gentle pulse.
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) Treatment
In patients with CSA, the brain is not sending signals to the diaphragm to breathe. This new device, remede®, is also implanted during a minimally invasive procedure into the chest. A wire stimulates the phrenic nerve to send a signal to the diaphragm to take a breath. Internal sensors in the device monitor the time of day, the patient’s breathing and what position they’re in to know when it should activate.
To see if you are a candidate for either device, schedule an appointment with your sleep medicine physician today at (616) 252-7264.