Snoring and gasping while sleeping? Falling asleep during the day? These could be signs of sleep apnea. This condition, during which a person stops breathing while sleeping because of a blocked airway, has typically been treated with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.
There’s a new treatment available for people who cannot tolerate this machine. Specially trained physicians implant a small device that stimulates the upper airway to facilitate breathing during sleep. Experts at St. John’s Health will be available to help you learn about this new treatment, called Inspire, during a Virtual Community Health Talk on Tuesday, February 9 at 6 pm.
“This new treatment has high patient satisfaction rates, creating a real game-changer for people with sleep apnea,” said St. John’s ear, nose, throat specialist Martin Trott, MD, the surgeon who implants the device.
The information session will be presented by Dr. Trott; Dr. Haven Malish, St. John’s Health pulmonologist; and Shawna Giles, nurse practitioner at the St. John’s Sleep Center.
To register for the virtual health talk, presented via the Zoom platform, click here.