MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for sleep apnea.

Millions of Americans suffer from the sleeping disease and the new treatment would help those who are unable to use the traditional mask treatment.

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Patients with the condition have their upper airway closed during sleep which causes dangerous pauses in breathing.

Some use a mask that blows constant pressure to keep the airway from closing, but some find it noisy and uncomfortable.

Now, the Medical College of Wisconsin is testing a new device called Inspire.

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It’s a pacemaker-like generator that’s placed in the chest along with two wires.

When activated, the system senses breathing patterns.

Nerves are stimulated and the airway is held open during sleep.

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Patients use a remote to turn the system on and off when they wake up.