How is Central Sleep Apnea Treated?
Treatment for central sleep apnea must be conducted under the care of your physician. There are several options for managing the effects of central sleep apnea that physicians will often suggest. These include:
- A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that provides enough pressure to keep the upper airway open via a mask
- Diaphragm pacing, a minimally invasive process that stimulates the phrenic nerve so that the patient can breathe more naturally
The Avery Breathing Pacemaker
The Avery Breathing Pacemaker is an FDA-approved diaphragm pacing device that promotes natural breathing in patients with central sleep apnea—as well as several other conditions—24 hours per day to patients of all ages. With this device, electrodes are placed on the phrenic nerve in the neck or chest and connect to an external device that creates radio waves. These waves are transferred to the nerve to stimulate it, causing the diaphragm to contract as it would naturally.
This device offers several benefits to patients over mechanical ventilation (e.g., PPV) systems including:
- Lower risk of upper airway infections due to reduction in suctioning, elimination of external humidifier and ventilator circuits, and potential removal of tracheostomy tube in some patients where appropriate
- More natural breathing function that is physiologically more accurate and comfortable
- Compact design without bulky tubing and batteries, which allows for greatly increased mobility (some of our patients still enjoy swimming and horseback riding!)
- Superior sensory and related motor functions, including improved sense of smell, ease of eating and drinking, and normal breathing and speech patterns.
- Significant long-term cost savings – Diaphragm Pacing Systems typically pay for themselves in roughly two years, with patients saving an average of $20,000 per year thereafter
The Avery Breathing Pacemaker has been featured in several studies and has been drastically improving the lives of patients for over three decades. It is the only diaphragm-pacing device with full pre-market approval from the USFDA and CE marking privileges under the European Active Implantable Medical Device Directive for adult and pediatric use.
How Does the Avery Device Compare?
The Avery device is currently one of two surgical options for breathing assistance related to Central Sleep Apnea. To see a comparison of the two devices, please see our Central Sleep Apnea System Comparison
For More Information
For more information, please call us at 631-864-1600, or click the “request info” button below and fill out the contact form. We would be happy to get you more information about how the diaphragm pacing system may help, and connect you with a physician familiar with the device in your area if needed. If you’re looking for a physician, you can find a list of physicians and medical centers in the United States here, or find a list of international representatives here.