Earlier this year, Dr. Michael Friedman, Medical Director at Chicago ENT, performed the nation’s first “Targeted Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation” procedure. The technique, part of a clinical trial, has since received FDA approval and is a promising development for sleep apnea sufferers who have not had success with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) or other methods used to control their condition.
“Targeted Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation offers hope to the millions of sleep apnea patients who’ve tried and failed with other methods. This is the future of sleep apnea for severe cases,” said Dr. Friedman.
Clinical trials are now underway for a variation of the Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation technique.
Did you know that daytime drowsiness due to poor quality of sleep is responsible for:
- More than 100,000 motor vehicle accidents, annually
- 71,000 personal injuries due to sleepy driving accidents, annually
- 1,500 deaths due to sleepy driving accidents, annually
- Significantly lower levels of academic performance in adolescents
- Reduced workplace performance and increased workplace accidents
But there’s more. Poor sleep negatively affects work performance and contributes to serious health problems including high blood pressure, heart problems and liver disorders.
Help is right here
Chicago ENT is the home of world-renowned sleep specialist Dr. Michael Friedman and a team of expert sleep physicians whose expertise can stop snoring and sleep apnea and provide you with the high quality of sleep you need. Dr. Friedman created the Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea which uses non-invasive and minimally-invasive techniques to treat sleep apnea, including nonsurgical tonsil reduction, nasal valve repair, the Pillar Procedure, palatal stiffening, radio frequency, and robotic assisted procedures.
If you want the feeling you get with a good night‘s sleep – every night – call the experienced sleep specialists at Chicago ENT today: (773) 296-5500.