Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Treatment for Central Sleep Apnea

A new study has found that people who suffer from central sleep apnea may be able to treat the problem with an implantable device similar to a pacemaker. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain and respiratory system fail to properly communicate, making sleep apnea treatments such as oral appliances ineffective and often necessitating CPAP machines.

CPAP machines can interfere with a good night’s sleep due to noise and general discomfort. This new pacemaker-like device may prove incredibly helpful in eliminating the need for CPAP, in people with central sleep apnea, though more research is needed before it becomes widely available.

If you would like more information about treating central sleep apnea, please find a sleep apnea dentist or call 866.727.6275 today.

The device under study is implanted just below the collarbone and connected by wire to the phrenic nerves. The phrenic nerves are responsible for carrying signals from the brain to the diaphragm and are suspected as the main communication break in central sleep apnea patients. The device can be programed to match the sleep patterns of patients, sending electrical impulses through the phrenic nerves during regular sleep times.

Initial results are promising. 76 percent of the patients reported sleeping better and enjoying a more rewarding quality of life after one month of use. More objective data found that patients with hypertension had a reduction in blood pressure after using the device as well.

To learn more about advancements in diagnosing and treating central sleep apnea, please contact an experienced sleep apnea doctor in your area today.

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