Upper airway stimulation therapy is a treatment option for patients with obstructive sleep apnea who have difficulty with continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, therapy. It is the only obstructive sleep apnea treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration that works inside the body with a click of a button.
Upper airway stimulation therapy involves implanting a small device under the skin in the upper chest during a short outpatient procedure. The device, which monitors breathing while you sleep, delivers a mild stimulation when needed to keep your upper airway open. Simply press the button on the remote to activate the monitoring device when you're ready for bed. While sleeping, the device opens your airway to allow for normal breathing and a peaceful night's rest.
The upper airway stimulation device is inserted just under the skin in a same-day outpatient procedure.
In addition to meeting these criteria, other testing procedures need to be completed to confirm eligibility for treatment.
Patients receiving upper airway stimulation therapy will receive treatment and care by specialists in Pulmonology and Ear, Nose & Throat (Otorhinolaryngology).