Innovative New Procedure For Sleep Apnea

If you have obstructive sleep apnea and can't use CPAP or oral appliances at all, and if you're afraid of all the surgical options out there, here's an innovative procedure that treats sleep apnea in a radically new way: by stimulating your tongue while you sleep. 

A small device (similar to a pacemaker) is placed in your chest, and a thin wire is connected to the nerve that goes to your tongue. There's another set of wires that senses when you're breathing in. So whenever you sleep at night, as your muscles begin to relax, it senses that you're breathing and pulses the nerve that goes to your tongue, called the hypoglossal nerve.

An initial trial in Australia is finished with good results so far, and I'm happy to announce that I'm part of the NY City team that will be taking part in the initial mullti-site US clinical trials. Entry criteria include not being able to tolerate CPAP, moderate obstructive sleep apnea (AHI between 20 and 100), BMI < 37, and age 21 to 70, amongst many others. If you're interested, please let me know. Here's a brochure from Apnex, for more information.

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4 thoughts on “Innovative New Procedure For Sleep Apnea

  1. I would love to know more about the new nerve stimulation procedure. I am actually in Australia and wonder if I can contact someone regarding possibly having the procedure undertaken, or taking part in a trial in Australia?

    I am a 42 year old woman, who has narrow airways, I was happily using CPAP for 4 years until I became intolerant, every time I used the machine I would end up with chest and throat infections, I have been considering the palate reconstruction, but this sounds far less invasive.

    Thanks for all your work Dr, you are really changing people’s lives with your valuable information.

    all the best
    Therese

  2. Therese,

    Apnex, for which I’m a surgeon investigator, just finished our initial feasibility study in the US and Australia. We should be starting up phase 2 within the next year. You can go to Apnexmedical.com to sign up for more information. There are various other similar companies pursuing similar technologies, but I don’t know if they are in Australia. In the meantime, take a look at some of the various dental options including mandibular advancement devices and jaw expansion. I’ll have more information about this on my website and teleseminars in the future. Please sign up for one of my free reports or newsletter to be in the loop. Good luck.

  3. I’m excited to hear about a relatively less invasive an promising procedure for sleep apnea! I’m an otherwise-healthy (but exhausted) 33 year old woman with moderate OSA (AHI 45-60) for no known reason; I am not overweight. No one’s looked deep into my throat to determine if my airway/throat is narrow, but I’m guessing that they are; I have trouble feeling like I’m getting enough air when I exercise. Thus far, I’ve gone through periods of tolerating the CPAP but I always reach the point where I can’t stand it and go for long periods without it. The choice becomes insomnia with the mask, or sleep without the mask. Sleep meds have been marginally effective. My quality of life would improve DRASTICALLY if I could find a way to treat the apnea. Please, please let us know AS SOON as this is available; I’d sign up tomorrow if I could!

    Thanks for the informative website! This gives me hope!

  4. I have had sleep apnea for 11 years now and have worn many masks and pillows. Prolong use of the full face mask left skin deterioration and deep grooves on my face. I also experienced cold sores from the air on my lips and need to apply a good coat of Vaseline every night which made a huge mess. I’ve also used several nasal pillows and found i can,t keep my mouth shut enough to stop escaping air even with a chin strap. I had surgery for the apnea and it failed after 1 year and also had a expensive oral appliance made which didn’t work out. I currently use a barrel type nasal pillow and try to sleep face down on a pillow. I average about 3 to 4 hours of sleep each night. As expected my BP has slowing started to rise again. Is there a newer typw surgery available that ins. companies will accept?