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New Device Treats Sleep Apnea

More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder where breathing is disrupted throughout the night.

Research shows that poorly managed sleep apnea increases risk for heart attack, stroke, weight gain, high blood pressure and heart failure.

To offer patients a new, cutting-edge solution, the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag is the first in Orange County to offer the Inspire® Upper Airway Stimulation therapy.

“At Hoag, we are always looking for state-of-the-art treatment options to benefit our patients,” said Jay Puangco, M.D., service chief at the Judy & Richard Voltmer Sleep Center at the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag. “The Inspire therapy is clinically proven to reduce sleep apnea events allowing our patients to get a more restful night’s sleep.”

Inspire is the first implantable device for obstructive sleep apnea that works with a patient’s natural breathing process delivering mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open during sleep. Turned on by a handheld remote, the implantable system includes a small generator, a sensing lead and a stimulation lead.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for sleep apnea, however studies show that roughly half of all patients that start CPAP eventually become non-compliant.

Hoag Sleep Health Program has been studying and treating more than 5,000 patients with sleep disorders annually for the last 20 years. Hoag’s Sleep Centers in Newport Beach and Irvine offer patients access to board certified sleep specialists, registered polysomnographic technologists, bedroom labs, outpatient facilities, and advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies.

For more information, call 888-467-8380.