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Les traitements traditionnels

Treatments currently proposed for these ailments

Treatement of Ronchopathy

  • Uvulo-Pharyngo-Plasty,
  • LASER CO².

Treatement of SOAS

  • Occlusive nasal mask (CPAP)

The treatment depends both on the severity of the syndrome and on its causes when they are identifiable.

Healthy and dietetic measures always have to be taken into account.

Behavioral changes are important. Patients should avoid imbibing alcohol, smoking and taking sleeping pills, which makes the airway more likely to collapse when sleeping and prolong the apneic periods.

It is advisable for obese persons to lose weight.

The current treatment against simple roncopathy is a recourse to surgery essentially in the cases in which there exist anatomical modifications of the soft tissues with a shrinkage of the pharynx.

The suggested intervention is the uvulo-palato-pharyngoplasty (UPP).

It consists in the severing of the uvula and of the edge of the soft palate, often associated with a tonsillectomy. This operation aims at shortening and rerghtening the velum (soft palate). This intervention widens and releases the pharynx in order to leave a sufficient passage to the aerial flow. The surgical intervention is performed under general anesthesia.

It appears to be an efficient treatment but with a not-insignificant percentage of failure. Furthermore, it is a painful surgery the after effects of which often impose an approximately two-week unavaibility.

Although promising, the treatment against snoring by reducing the soft palate and the uvula with a laser CO² device seems to be only an imperfect and not very efficient means in the long run.

As far as the sleep apnea syndrome is concerned, the currently used process is nocturnal breathing assisted by an insulator with an occlusive nasal mask (CPAP). The patient has to sleep with a mask fixed on his/or her nose and connected to a prosthesis that sends air under pressure. The device is efficient but very constraining, sometimes badly accepted, and therefore badly observed in the long term.

It is only palliative because its suspension deviously entails the reappearance of the apneas.

In complement to these already proposed treatments, often insufficient or palliative, our researches have induced us to conceive a new means to treat snoring and the sleep apnea syndrome.

We have thus developed a simple system constituted of a supple cannula used when sleeping. It allows the passage of the air without obstacles, vibrations and therefore without snoring

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