Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea and is caused by obstruction of the upper airway. It is characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation.
An individual with OSA is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening. It is recognized as a problem by others witnessing the individual during episodes or is suspected because of its effects on the body. OSA is commonly accompanied with snoring.
The current standard of care for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Ninety percent of patients diagnosed with OSA are prescribed CPAP therapy, however compliance to CPAP is poor with about 50% patients' non-compliance.
A person with Obstructive Sleep Apnea will suffer from the effects of a poor night’s sleep often waking up tired and will continue feeling drowsy or sleepy during the day. This may result in excessive daytime sleepiness, impaired memory, concentration and cognitive functions, morning headaches, hypertension, changes in mood and sexual dysfunction.
Symptoms may be present for years or even decades without identification, during which time the sufferer may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance. Sufferers who generally sleep alone are often unaware of the condition, without a regular bed-partner to notice and make them aware of their symptoms.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is recognized as an independent risk factor for a wide range of clinical conditions, such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, heart failure, arrhythmias, stroke, diabetes, and is accompanied by major health complications and poor quality of life factors such as headaches, depression, impaired motor/visual skills, and excessive daytime sleepiness.
THN Sleep Therapy consists of a minimally invasive, surgically implanted system for patients that suffer from moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The procedure to implant this "sleep apnea pacemaker" is performed by an ENT surgeon, usually as an outpatient procedure with quick recovery time.
THN Sleep Therapy's features and benefits include the following:
1. Restore Normal Sleep Patterns: Designed to deliver muscle tone to key tongue muscles, effectively controlling upper airway flow and significantly reducing or eliminating sleep apnea;
2. Simple Procedure: It's less invasive than conventional sleep apnea surgeries, preserving the natural airway anatomy. And the procedure is completely reversible;
3. Freedom to Sleep: There are no masks, hoses, mouthpieces, or anything else connected to the patient during sleep;
4. CPAP Alternative: indicated for people with moderate and severe sleep apnea, who are unable to comply or unwilling to try PAP therapy;
5. No Side Effects: It doesn’t affect normal speech or swallowing.
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