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Procedure - Sleep Apnea Implant (Airlift)

Are you unable to get a good night’s sleep because you wake up frequently during the night? Are you tired during the day or do you feel excessively sleepy? Has your partner complained about your snoring or noticed pauses in your breathing? If so, it is possible you have a common disorder called obstructive sleep apnea.

According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 12 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). With this potentially serious disorder, the person’s airway collapses or is blocked briefly during sleep, causing lapses in breathing. Sleep apnea is usually a chronic, ongoing condition that disrupts the person’s sleep several times a night. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious complications such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and irregular heartbeats, as well as increased risks for obesity and diabetes.

Many sleep apnea sufferers can gain relief by using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, which delivers a constant stream of air through a nasal mask to keep the airway open. Unfortunately, many patients find the CPAP mask too uncomfortable or too noisy to wear while sleeping. For these patients, an alternative is available called the AIRLIFT® Sleep Apnea Implant.

What is the AIRLIFT Sleep Apnea Implant?

AIRLIFT is a simple and effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. It’s an intuitive approach to hyoid & tongue suspension designed to provide immediate and lasting relief by opening and stabilizing the airway in the mouth and throat.

Unlike masks that need to be worn nightly, AIRLIFT is an implanted device that’s minimally invasive, comfortable, and permanent. The AIRLIFT procedure can be performed in as little as 30 minutes by a Ogden Clinic ENT physician in our outpatient setting.

Benefits of AIRLIFT Sleep Apnea Implant:

  • The implant begins working right away
  • Relief from sleep apnea symptoms including snoring
  • Implantation is low-pain and easily tolerated
  • Short post-operative recovery
  • Long-lasting solution
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular & all-cause death mortality

Restful, restorative sleep is critically important for nearly every bodily function. If you struggle with the discomfort of wearing your CPAP mask at night or are interested in a more permanent solution for obstructive sleep apnea, ask your Ogden Clinic ENT about the AIRLIFT sleep apnea implant today or schedule a consultation online.

Bryan  Wilcox, MD, Ear, Nose & Throat, Allergy,  Mountain West ENT Layton - Ogden Clinic, Mountain West ENT Bountiful - Ogden Clinic

Wilcox, Bryan, MD
2255 N. 1700 W.
Layton, UT
801-295-5581