Man miserable at night needs to try out the latest sleep apnea devices

The Latest Sleep Apnea Devices – Everything You Need to Know

While CPAP is one of the most effective treatments for sleep apnea, many patients stop using their machines within a year.  Good news, they’re now plenty of alternatives you can try. 

The latest sleep apnea devices include more comfortable face masks, body positioners, innovative nerve stimulators, and surgically implanted suspension lines.

Here’s a more in depth look at your CPAP alternatives:




Video:  Provent Therapy demonstration

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Video:  New treatment for Sleep Apnea (CNN)

remedē System:

How it works:  Monitors and stabilizes breathing during the night using a pacemaker-like device that signals the large muscle which controls breathing.

Recommended for:  moderate to severe central sleep apnea in adult patients

Proof it works:  clinical studies (7, 8)

Video:  remedē system helps patients with central sleep apnea at Saint Luke’s Hospital

GENIO Implantable Stimulator:

THN Sleep Therapy (aura6000):

How it works:  Implantable device that mildly stimulates the tongue during the sleep to keep the airway open and reduce sleep apnea events

Recommended for:  obstructive sleep apnea

Proof it works:  clinical studies (9, 10)


  • minimally invasive, surgically implanted system usually as an outpatient procedure with quick recovery time
  • procedure is completely reversible
  • no masks, hoses, or mouthpieces

Cons:   requires surgery, although minimal (all surgeries carry a risk)

Availability:  In clinical trials
See if you qualify to participate

Cost:  To be determined

Insurance coverage:  To be determined

Made by:  LivaNova
Phone:  858-259-2980
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How it works:  Uses suspension lines to reposition the hyoid bone or tongue to hold the airway open

Recommended for:  obstructive sleep apnea

Proof it works:  clinical studies (see “Publications”)


  • minimally invasive, well-tolerated
  • reversible
  • can be performed in an outpatient setting
  • no mask or oral appliance to wear


  • surgery
  • requires implant of screws and sutures which some may find intrusive or uncomfortable

Availability:  US

      Find an AIRLIFT trained Doctor

Insurance coverage:  yes

Made by:  Siesta Medical, Inc
     Phone: 408-320-9424
     E-mail: [email protected]
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Video:  AirLift Procedure


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6. Outcome after one year of upper airway stimulation for obstructive sleep apnea in a multicenter German post-market study. Laryngoscope. 2018; 128(2):509-515

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9. Targeted hypoglossal nerve stimulation for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea: Six-month results. Laryngoscope. 2016; 126(11):2618-2623.

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12. Alcohol and the risk of sleep apnoea: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Med. 2018; 42: 38–46.

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