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Jessie P. Bakker, PhD, MS

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Daytime Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for Treatment of Mild OSA

By: Jessie P. Bakker, PhD, MS
October 5th, 2022

Since the early 1980s when the first patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were successfully treated by a prototype continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device made from a vacuum cleaner motor, the field of sleep medicine has been dominated by device-based therapies that aim to open the airway mechanically during sleep. Whether they work by using pressurized air as a splint, pulling the lower jaw forward, stimulating the tongue to move and stiffen with each breath or prevent sleep in the supine position, existing OSA treatment devices have one thing in common: they only work while they are used during sleep. While countless users have experienced the life-changing benefits of treating their OSA, many have wondered whether they could train their body to breathe normally without the use of a nighttime device. Now, for the first time, a device designed to do just that is commercially-available for people suffering from primary snoring and mild OSA.

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