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Patient invents device to aid him sleeping without snoring

Shared by SarahStone on 2014-01-14 16:39

About the solution

RespireAide uses two separate components, a Soft Palate Lifter and a Tongue Retainer, to simultaneously address the two organs involved in creating an apnea and snoring, the soft palate and the tongue. The Soft Palate Lifter supports the soft palate while the Tongue Retainer inhibits rearward movement of the tongue towards the soft palate. In this way, the soft palate and the tongue remain in the same positions relative to each other as when a person is awake and an open airway is maintained through which the patient can breathe easily.

“My original intention was not to create a medical device to sell to other people, but rather, to address my own OSA that had increased in severity as I grew older. About six years ago, my condition became so acute that I was falling asleep any time that I sat in one place for more than five minutes, including when I was driving. After I had crossed over the oncoming lane of traffic and hit the opposite curb 4 or 5 times (luckily this happened on side streets when there was no oncoming traffic), I decided that I needed to define and address my problem before I had a serious accident”, he explained.

No mask or airhose is needed, and no stress is put on the teeth, muscles, joints, or connective tissue in the oral cavity. The unit is fully adjustable to fit a wide range of users.

Adapted from: http://www.respireaide.com/

This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

DISCLAIMER: This story was written by someone who is not the author of the solution, therefore please be advised that, although it was written with the utmost respect for the innovation and the innovator, there can be some incorrect statements. If you find any errors please contact the patient Innovation team via info@patient-innovation.com

About the author

Harry Cutler, from USA, suffers from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). To help himself have better quality of sleep, he developed RespireAide, a non-surgical tongue advancement device.

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