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HNO. 2003 Dec;51(12):966-70. Epub 2003 Jun 18.

[Submental transcutaneous electrical stimulation for obstructive sleep apnea].

[Article in German]

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Universitäts-Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Klinik Mannheim, Mannheim. thomas.verse@hno.ma.uni-heidelberg.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Transcutaneous electrical stimulation while asleep has been used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), although without convincing results. Modern strategies consist of electrical muscle training for a number of weeks during wakefulness rather than stimulation during sleep.

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to assess the practicability, safety, and efficacy of a new device, SilentOne (Imperpuls, Chemnitz, Germany).

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Fifteen patients with various degrees of OSA used transcutaneous submental electrical stimulation therapy for 4-5 weeks every day, day and night. A patient's diary recorded practicability and potential adverse events. Respiratory parameters were recorded by fully attended polysomnography in the sleep lab. Daytime sleepiness and snoring were assessed by questionnaires.

RESULTS:

The apnea-hypopnea-index decreased from 29.2 before to 21.2 after therapy (P<0.05). Daytime sleepiness improved significantly (P<0.01) as did snoring (P<0.005). CONCLUSIONS. Transcutaneous electrical stimulation therapy using SilentOne proved to be safe, easy to use, and potent. However, therapy showed a limited cure rate.

PMID:
14647925
DOI:
10.1007/s00106-003-0842-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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