New sleep remedy goals to finish snoring and insomnia on account of obstructive sleep apnea

(Good Things Utah) – Dr. Glen Porter attended the show today to talk about sleep apnea and current developments to help who may be struggling. Dr. Glen Porter is an ENT specialist with Intermountain Healthcare Medical Group at the Intermountain American Fork Specialty Clinic.

About sleep apnea

An estimated 20 million people in the United States live with undiagnosed moderate to severe sleep apnea, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your neck muscles relax every now and then and block your airways while you sleep. The disorder affects men and women of all ages. However, many people do not seek or receive the treatment they need.

One of the most noticeable signs of obstructive sleep apnea is loud snoring. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include constant fatigue, frequent headaches, dry mouth, and even depression.

“If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to other serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, memory loss, and depression,” said Glen Porter, MD, ENT doctor with Intermountain Healthcare’s American Fork Specialty Clinic.

The two main types of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea (most common) and central sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs because your brain isn’t sending the right signals to the muscles that control your breathing. This condition is different from obstructive sleep apnea, where you cannot breathe normally due to an obstruction in your upper airways. Central sleep apnea is less common than obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatments

Treatments can include lifestyle changes, such as: B. Loss of weight or changing sleeping position, use of medical devices such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines, oral devices, or surgery.

Surgery may include implanting the Inspire device, which is an FDA-cleared treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea for those unable to use CPAP.

Inspire works with the body’s natural anatomy to address the root cause of sleep apnea. It’s a small device that is implanted just under the skin. Once placed, the device monitors breathing and sends a gentle with each breath the patient takes to move the tongue out of the airway. Moving the tongue while sleeping keeps the airways open so that the patient can breathe freely throughout the night.

turn on their device with a small portable sleep remote control before going to sleep and turn it off when they wake up.

The same day outpatient procedure allows people to return to their everyday lives without a long recovery. After the device is implanted, work with their sleep specialists to adjust the device’s settings to match their unique breathing patterns to ensure they are comfortable and getting the sleep they need.

Who Qualifies for Inspire?

  • Has CPAP therapy failed
  • have a body mass index of 32 or less
  • Stop breathing between 15 and 65 times an hour
  • And have an airway that closes in the right place

“We saw a significant improvement in quality of life that allowed patients to enjoy their usual activities without feeling sleepy during the day,” said Dr. Porter. “We see so many patients struggling with sleep apnea. It’s an incredible feeling to let them know that there is hope. “

Not everyone qualifies for Inspire sleep therapy. “It is best to discuss the best option with your doctor based on the severity of your sleep apnea,” advised Dr. Porter.

For more information or to schedule an assessment for Inspire procedures and sleep issues, contact the Intermountain American Fork Specialty Clinic.

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