Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation (HNS) therapy is a newly FDA-approved treatment option for patients with sleep apnea. There are several companies that are developing this technology such as Inspire.
Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation requires the placement of a neuronal (nerve) stimulator under general anesthesia. The therapy is a fully implanted system controlled by you with a small handheld sleep remote. It is easy to use – simply turn the therapy on before bed and off upon waking up in the morning. The implanted system consists of three components: a small generator, a breathing sensor lead and a stimulation lead. When activated, the sensor continuously monitors your breathing patterns during sleep and delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open. HNS therapy does not require a mask or oral appliance.
Unlike more invasive OSAS surgical procedures, HNS may be done on an out-patient basis (same-day surgery). The biggest advantage of HNS is that it does not change your anatomy and therefore is much less invasive. The recovery is minimal with most returning to work within a few days.
Dr. Pasha will evaluate your airway anatomy and overall health status to determine if hypoglossal nerve stimulation is appropriate for you.