The new treatments for sleep apnea are an alternative to standard treatments, where some patients have problems to continue the therapy.
Although the gold standard in treating sleep apnea is considered to be Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP, the compliance by sleep apnea patients is below fifty percent.
How is it possible that one of the most effective cures for sleep apnea can have such a low tolerance with patients?
Well, if you didn't experience a CPAP therapy before, here is what might happen if you try it:
Considering these side effects of CPAP therapy, what are the new treatments for sleep apnea that can be effective but less uncomfortable?
The Encore™ procedure, or Encore Tongue Suspension System, is a new sleep apnea treatment which is only available in USA and EU. The main purpose of this surgery is to prevent the obstruction of your upper airway by introducing an implant into the tongue.
This implant is formed from two parts: a tongue suspension loop and a bone anchor. The suspension loop is introduced into your tongue through a small incision under the chin. Then, this loop is attached to the bone anchor which enables the tongue to move forward, preventing from falling back when you sleep.
The procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia, in less than 45 minutes, by an ENT specialist.
For more info about The Encore™ procedure, see Encore Tongue Suspension System.
Somnoplasty (Radiofrequency Tissue Volume Reduction) is a new technique to treat sleep apnea. It uses radio-frequency energy to shrink the bulk of soft tissue from the upper airway (soft palate or base of the tongue) through heating the cells.
For videos related to somnoplasty, see Somnoplasty Videos.
Pillar Procedure is another new type of surgery to treat snoring and sleep apnea. It uses plastic implants or small polyester rods to stiffen the soft palate, to help keep it from relaxing when you sleep.
For exemple:"...it was completely ineffective for me. My doctor says I'm his first "failure". He wasn't too happy about that. I told him my girlfriend is even less happy! Oh, and I'm out $2500 with no results to show for it (I don't have apnea and insurance won't cover it). "
Laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) is one of the new treatments for sleep apnea that can be performed under local anesthesia.
This surgery is indicated in patients with a flat-type palate, and involves several laser cuts making a V-shaped pattern on the soft palate.
Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) is a dental device that pulls the lower jaw forward by the rotation of the knob positioned between the lips, creating an open airway in the throat.
For more info oral appliances, see Sleep Apnea Dental Devices.
Avoiding sleeping on the back can be the simplest and most cost effective type of sleep apnea treatment. Positional therapy can also be used to supplement other types of treatment, like CPAP or weight loss, to increase their effectiveness.
For more info about sleep positions to treat sleep apnea, see Positional Therapy.
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