25 Jul Make Sleep Apnea a Thing of the Past with Inspire Sleep
Do you suffer from sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, and even depression. If left untreated, it can lead to heart failure and stroke. Learn more about a treatment that treats sleep apnea instead of just controlling symptoms. Most people don’t realize that there are several treatments for sleep apnea.
Weight Loss Treatments for Sleep Apnea
If you are overweight or obese, losing weight can reduce your risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Weight and body mass index (BMI) is the most powerful variable influencing an individual’s risk and severity of OSA. There is a strong correlation between high BMI and airway crowding, which leads to upper airway resistance, which can lead to breathing blockage. Although not everyone who has OSA is overweight or obese, most are.
Some studies have demonstrated reduced and delivered sleep apnea cures associated with weight reduction. However, losing weight when overweight/obese can be challenging. Furthermore, losing weight is a gradual process that does not yield positive effects quickly.
Surgical Treatments for Sleep Apnea
There are several types of surgical treatments for sleep apnea: bariatric surgery and upper airway surgeries are some of the most common.
Bariatric surgery works by reducing body weight, which reduces the likelihood of having obstructive sleep apnea. Upper airway surgeries have been demonstrated to reduce and sometimes eliminate sleep apnea. These surgeries are usually performed by Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeons (ENT) and bariatric surgeons. The surgeries work by removing or shrinking the extra soft tissues surrounding the upper airway, thus increasing the diameter of the airway.
CPAP Machines & Devices
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, also known as CPAP, is a common treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP machine uses air pressure to keep the airways open and is typically used by patients who have problems breathing during sleep. More specifically, CPAP therapy helps ensure your airway doesn’t collapse when asleep. The downside to CPAP machines is that they can be loud and obtrusive due to the hose that delivers air.
Inspire Sleep Apnea Treatment
Through medical advancements; we now have the only FDA-approved obstructive sleep apnea treatment that works inside your body to treat the root cause of sleep apnea with just the click of a button.
Inspire is an alternative to CPAP, which works inside your body while sleeping. When ready for bed, click the remote to turn Inspire Sleep on. While you sleep, Inspire opens your airway, allowing you to breathe normally and sleep peacefully.
Inspire works as an upper airway stimulation (UAS) treatment designed to open your airway during sleep. Successful procedures make breathing easier and decrease OSA-related symptoms. After determining you meet the eligibility requirements, an Inspire-certified doctor inserts a monitoring device in your chest during an outpatient procedure. Another incision is made under your chin to implant a nerve stimulator.
The Inspire device monitors your breathing while you sleep, delivering gentle pulses to the nerve that controls your tongue’s movement. This stimulation forces your tongue forward to the front of your mouth, clearing your airway so that you can breathe more effectively.
Though the device is implanted in your body, it only functions when you turn it on before bed using a remote. It’s a small device placed during a same-day, outpatient procedure.
Island ENT in Key West, FL, is proud to be the only practice in South Florida to offer this life-changing device.
Call Island ENT at (305) 928-2848, or visit us at any time to learn how we can help you!
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