New Sleep Apnea Solution
We understand that wearing a CPAP mask isn’t for every. We are proud to offer patients a new implant called a hypoglossal nerve stimulator that solves sleep apnea from the inside. It is the world’s first fully implanted device that’s FDA-approved for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
This new implant solves sleep apnea from the inside. Dubbed a “sleep pacemaker” this device sends signals to the nerve that controls your tongue, preventing it from slipping backward and obstructing your throat while you sleep. The result is snore-free sleep.
What to Expect
Implantation is an invasive procedure performed under general anesthetic on an outpatient basis. It involves placing a stimulating device and breathing sensing lead in the chest beneath the clavicle. A stimulation lead is then attached to a branch of the hypoglossal nerve. The patient controls the device with a small handheld remote. Once implanted and adjusted, the device offers long-term snore-free sleep for patients. The devices are covered on a case-by-case basis by some insurance companies. Because it is an invasive procedure, it is not considered a first-line treatment for OSA.
Who can Benefit?
The hypoglossal nerve stimulator offers long term relief for people who:
- Have moderate-to-severe sleep apnea
- Failed CPAP or unable to use
- Have BMI below 32-35 based on insurance
- Are able to tolerate 2-3 hour outpatient surgical procedure
How to Schedule
We have options in both Omaha and Lincoln!
Omaha: Dr. Daniel O'Brien & Dr. Adam Pleas, CHI Health Clinic ENT Lakeside, (402) 758-5600.
Lincoln: Dr. Aaron Robinson, CHI Health Clinic ENT Nebraska, (402) 484-5500.