The Inspire Sleep Apnea Implant is a medical device that is implanted into the body for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is a disease caused by relapsing episodes of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when breathing stops for more than 10 seconds, during which oxygen saturation in the blood is reduced by more than 4%.
One of the basics of good health is the prevention of severe diseases. One of these severe diseases is obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is a disease which is characterized by more than 10-15 episodes of sleep apnea per hour. It is important to distinguish simple snoring from sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea is a condition caused by a lack of air passing through to the lungs during sleep; it is an episode that lasts for more than 10 seconds. This deficiency of air leads to a decreased saturation of oxygen levels in the blood, which results in oxygen deprivation of the brain and other bodily tissues, known as Hypoxia. In order to normalize blood oxygen levels, the brain instructs a micro awakening and commands the body to reopen the airways. The person wakes up for a short time and commences breathing, often noisily at first, and then falls back to sleep. Quite often, the person has no memory of these micro-awakenings in the morning.