The most recent innovation in treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea comes in the form of a daytime therapy Appliance. YES ! You heard that right, day time therapy!
Meet the Excite-OSA device, the most recent, FDA approved device for treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Traditionally, snoring and Obstructive sleep apnea have always been treated using night time appliances, since they are nocturnal airway breathing disorders. So, what is this new TWIST about?
Let’s find out!
The concept of Excite is to strengthen the muscles of the “Base of the tongue”. The tongue is a combination of multiple muscle fibers in different directions with origins and attachments at several different areas. Of these, the laxity of the muscles that attach to the base of the tongue, is shown by research to be the primary cause of snoring and Obstructive sleep Apnea.
The excite appliance sends a series of gentle electrical impulses to the muscles of the tongue. It is easy to use, at 20 minutes a day only, guided by a user-friendly app, which will help the user start, progress and complete therapy.
At the end of 6 weeks, studies have shown a reduction of over 50% of the Apnea Index, in Mild and moderate cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. For severe cases, the excite therapy can be used as an adjuvant in combination with night time therapy of the CPAP or Oral appliance, increasing success rates and efficacy.
These gentle electrical impulses transform the nature of the tongue muscles to SLOW Twitch fibers (Kinda imagine the transformation that an Athlete’s muscles undergo with progressive Strength and endurance training).
This transformation prevents “slumping back” and obstruction of the airway space, during sleep thereby improving QUALITY of sleep. The importance of our airway and sleep is reflected in day to day energy, type of food choices we make, dependency on caffeine, memory, Motor vehicle accidents, early dementia, Lifestyle diseases like development of High blood pressure and diabetes down to Heart attacks and stroke.
It is not for nothing that humans have been endowed with the ability to sleep for 1/3rd of their lives !
Are you someone who suffers from snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Call us for consultation to see how we can help you take charge of your sleep and your life.
Here’s to healthy and restful sleep.