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About the size of a pacemaker, doctors put the device inside your chest through minor surgery. With a small remote, you turn it on before you go to sleep and off in the morning. It monitors your breathing patterns and sends signals to the nerves that control your tongue and other muscles. They move forward, and keep your airway open.

The device is an option for people who’ve tried CPAP without any success or don’t use it properly. And a few studies suggest it works about as well as the mask-machine combo. But ask your doctor if it’s a good choice for you.

SOURCES:

Bollig, S. September, 2010. Respiratory Care,

Oksenberg, A. November, 2006. Laryngoscope,

Vanderveken, O. July 15, 2008. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,

Ryan, S. online July 28, 2010. Journal of Sleep Research,

Sheri Katz, DDS, past president, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine; private practice dentist, Decatur, Ga.

Nancy Collop, MD, 2011-12 president, American Academy of Sleep Medicine; director, Emory University Sleep Center, and professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Apnea and Sleep."

American Sleep Apnea Association: “Treatment Options for Adults With Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Bollig, S. September, 2010. Respiratory Care,

Oksenberg, A. November, 2006. Laryngoscope,

Vanderveken, O. July 15, 2008. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,

Ryan, S. online July 28, 2010. Journal of Sleep Research,

Sheri Katz, DDS, past president, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine; private practice dentist, Decatur, Ga.

Nancy Collop, MD, 2011-12 president, American Academy of Sleep Medicine; director, Emory University Sleep Center, and professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Apnea and Sleep."

American Sleep Apnea Association: “Treatment Options for Adults With Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 15, 2018

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