A Good Night's Sleep
July 20, 2021
Many people with sleep apnea use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to safely sleep through the night. But the noisy machine and uncomfortable mask is not beloved by patients.
That's why Greg Danielson, MD, a board-certified otolaryngologist at Midwest Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Sioux Falls who has monthly visits at Huron Regional Medical Center, is now offering the FDA-approved Inspire treatment to patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea.
The small device uses technology similar to a pacemaker to stimulate a nerve under the tongue during sleep. This gentle pulse moves the tongue to prevent breathing blockages without the use of a CPAP machine.
After patients heal from the minimally invasive outpatient surgery, they operate the implant at bedtime via a remote control with adjustable settings. Then the implant, triggered by the patient's breathing, gently pulses as the patient sleeps.
"Normalizing oxygen levels during sleep as overall health benefits," Dr. Danielson says. "Also studies show that 90% of people's spouses say snoring is completely gone or has been reduced to just soft snoring.
Not everyone is a good fit for the Inspire technology, and insurance may not cover it for people who are considered significantly obese.
If you're on a CPAP, find out if the Inspire could work for you. Schedule an appointment here.
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