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New Surgical Treatment Option Available for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Dec 10, 2018 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Patients with moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea who are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP may benefit from a new surgical procedure available at Lakeland Ear, Nose and Throat. Upper airway stimulation is a device implanted under the skin that works by monitoring the patient’s natural breathing process during sleep. The system delivers mild stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve, which controls the movement of the tongue and other key airway muscles. By stimulating these muscles, the airway remains open during sleep.

“Upper airway stimulation gives patients more control over their treatment as they are able to use a handheld remote to turn the system on before bed and turn off when they wake up without needing a hose or mask,” said otolaryngologist, Dennis Thompson, MD. “Patients can also increase and decrease stimulation strength and pause the system during the night if needed.”

Clinical trial results showed that sleep apnea patients receiving Inspire Sleep therapy experienced significant reductions in sleep apnea events and significant improvements in quality of life measures. In addition, 90 percent of bed partners reported soft or no snoring for their partner using Inspire, as compared to only 17 percent of bed partners prior to treatment. For more information, or to determine if you qualify, call (269) 982-3368 or visit

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