Alternative to CPAP for People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
A good night sleep is the foundation to a productive day but more than 18 million American's have sleep apnea — a seriously condition that affects sleep.
Untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk of accidents, death, stroke and many other life altering conditions. It also leaves you feel tired and unable to stay awake and alert through the day.
Some patients find treatment through Continuous Postive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. When used properly, it is often a very successful treatment. However, studies have shown that roughly half of all patients who start CPAP treatment eventually become non-compliant.
Swedish Medical Center takes sleep, and sleep apnea treatment seriously. Our fully integrated Sleep Disorders Center now includes upper airway stimulation for patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea who can’t find relief through traditional treatments like CPAP.
About Upper Airway Stimulation
Upper Airway Stimulation is an implantable device that treats obstructive sleep apnea. It works differently than a CPAP machine by working from inside the body. This implantable highly advanced, tiny device works with the patient's natural breathing process. The system includes a small generator, a sensing lead and a stimulation lead.
The Upper Airway Stimulation device is turned on by a handheld remove and delivers mild stimulation to the muscles of the tongue to keep the airway open. The device is turned on and off each night by the patient. No mask, no noise, no tubes!
Contact the Swedish Sleep Disorders Center
If you would like to schedule a consultation or appointment or have any further questions about the various sleep studies or general services our sleep clinic offers, feel free to reach to the Sleep Disorders Center at Swedish directly at (303) 788-8352 for more information.
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