New option for sleep apnea patients
Face mask could help millions
- Duration 3:30
- Date Apr 22, 2012
Face mask could help millions
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Have sleep apnea.
And they can't get a good night's sleep they have to Wear a big contraption.
On their face.
But now there's a face mask -- that has a lot of people excited.
It's still not so attractive but -- money if it works and people will get a good night's sleep we're going to be -- happier America.
Absolutely true you know why because about twelve million Americans.
Are affected by this and what's really sleep apnea means he greet me it means without breath so what happens to these patients.
As a result of soft tissue around their neck.
He keep waking up in the middle of the night but they don't realize so they cycle of go to sleep and waking up continues and as a result very soon -- there fifty.
-- about the risk of flight accident behind these Rios etc.
now we also know.
That's the patent is linked to diabetes heart disease and strokes of this I didn't know that absolutely it's a major health hazard -- recognizing it as you said.
Is extremely important so obviously weight loss changing the way use the use -- -- -- value back to the side is very important.
But what you showed which is a -- -- machine.
It almost looks like his -- you know is that the new one or that's that you also -- -- -- OK here is look at this you have to strap it around your head.
It gives you positive pressure so you can read and you can get some rest.
The new thing that we have is called call that.
And what they are are basically -- -- patches that you put around the nose.
And it's a one way valve so that air goes in but doesn't come out and what that if you sleep with your mouth open don't they water while -- go out.
You might as well you can call yourself doctor Kobe -- I don't know and every day -- in my stride it's true so we won't work if your mouth breather it only works if you breathe through your -- It's I think it's a great thing it's as simple one issue -- this is that it's a little expensive sixty to 75 dollars a month.
Insurance won't cover it put it but look you can travel with this and it works in about 50% of the patients -- like you I think it's at it's it look at is how simple it is to put it on.
Let's just like a regular oxygen -- doctor Siegel you'd see someone have in the hospital but that's I didn't really realize the answer would be so stunning that if you breathe out -- your mouth.
You defeat the whole purpose how do you know.
Well actually you know this is a very important important topic for us to be talking about as David says.
Sleep apnea is leading to diabetes and hypertension stroke heart disease this is the stuff -- and the treating people say -- I'm just this horrible when people come to my office as -- -- The next thing I -- them ask your partner with you stop breathing -- do you have those episodes.
Are you fifteen the next day this is a hugely important problem affecting millions.
Then I say go for sleep -- -- and they go for a sleep study they come back they say -- they want -- to -- the spacesuit like Davidson.
You know but the problem is that is in my opinion there's still the number one treatment but.
Studies show that only 50% of people actually.
Abide by that my practice it's less than 50% they don't Wear it all -- they try it once or twice this guy can't sleep like that I like I I'm so uncomfortable -- -- now here's something else we can use instead.
Maybe the study last year and sleep.
Had a very very positive result on this I agree with David -- should be tried for people that don't tolerate the -- -- but but it's my second line treatment.
-- I want them to at least try that -- that.
Better night's sleep is everything -- a whole separate topic it did it would.
Works against diabetes and heart disease and everything else I don't know why insurance wouldn't cover and it won't cost.
Us less money in the end but we'll save that for another day maybe there will now.