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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Feb;138(2):209-16. doi: 10.1016/j.otohns.2007.10.026.

Palatal implants for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome.

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Department of Otolaryngology and Bronchoesophagology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA. hednnek@aol.com <hednnek@aol.com>

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of palatal implants for treatment of mild/moderate obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS).

STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING:

Sixty-two non-obese adults with history of snoring, daytime sleepiness, and mild/moderate OSAHS, were randomized to receive palatal implants (n = 31) or placebo procedure (n = 31). Complete follow-up including quality of life (QOL, SF-36), snoring visual analog scale (VAS), and Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) data were obtained in 62 patients. Seven patients refused follow-up polysomnography for a total of 55 patients (29 implant and 26 placebo).

RESULTS:

The treatment group (change in score of -7.9 +/- 7.7) was significantly improved compared with the placebo group (change in score of 0.9 +/- 4.3) for apnea/hypopnea index (AHI) (P < 0.0001), QOL, SF-36 (P < 0.0001), snoring VAS (P < 0.0001), and ESS (P = 0.0002).

CONCLUSIONS:

Palatal implants improve AHI, QOL, snoring intensity, and daytime sleepiness for selected patients with mild/moderate OSAHS.

PMID:
18241718
DOI:
10.1016/j.otohns.2007.10.026
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