Why Is the AIRvance THS System Used?

The AIRvance THS System was developed specifically to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing that is 10 seconds or longer is called an apnea event. People with severe sleep apnea can have these pauses as many as 100 times an hour.

Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical condition because of two key factors:

  • Cardiovascular complications – When you’re not breathing, oxygen levels in your blood drop, which increases blood pressure and strains your cardiovascular system. If you have sleep apnea, this occurs each night, month after month and year after year. Studies link sleep apnea to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.1
  • Daytime sleepiness – Because you wake up many times during sleep, often without realizing it, you may experience severe daytime sleepiness and fatigue. You may have difficulty concentrating and find yourself falling asleep at work, while watching TV, or even when driving. Children and young people with sleep apnea may do poorly in school, have reduced mental development, or have behavior problems.

There are three types of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive – The most common type of sleep apnea, and the type which the AIRvance THS System is designed to treat. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles or tissues in the airway — such as the tongue, soft palate, uvula, and tonsils — intermittently relax, causing one or more of these structures to block the airway during sleep. Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
    • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
    • Loud snoring
    • Observed episodes of breathing pauses during sleep
    • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath
    • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
    • Morning headache
    • Frequent urination at night
    • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
    Learn how the AIRvance THS System works to relieve obstructive sleep apnea.
  2. Central – The least common type of sleep apnea, in which the brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Signs and symptoms include:
    • Observed episodes of stopped breathing or abnormal breathing patterns during sleep
    • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath
    • Shortness of breath that's relieved by sitting up
    • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
    • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Snoring
  3. Complex or Mixed – When both obstructive and central sleep apnea occur.

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