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.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: MDH Reports 11,193 New Cases, 42 More Deaths
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.READ MORE: Taxpayers Can Now Start Filing For 2021 Income Tax Returns
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.MORE NEWS: Woman Killed In St. Paul Identified As 31-Year-Old Latifa Brown
Patients use a remote to turn the system on and off when they wake up.